Worshipers threw firecrackers at a man acting as Master Handan during  Chinese Lantern Festival celebrations in Taitung, Taiwan, Monday.  According to lore, Master Handan is a god who is afraid of the cold and  throwing firecrackers at him can drive away the cold.

Worshipers threw firecrackers at a man acting as Master Handan during Chinese Lantern Festival celebrations in Taitung, Taiwan, Monday. According to lore, Master Handan is a god who is afraid of the cold and throwing firecrackers at him can drive away the cold.

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Workers arranged frozen shark carcasses at a wharf in Kaohsiung, Taiwan,  Tuesday. Taiwan plans to ban shark finning, the practice of cutting of  shark fins and throwing the bodies back into the ocean.

Workers arranged frozen shark carcasses at a wharf in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Tuesday. Taiwan plans to ban shark finning, the practice of cutting of shark fins and throwing the bodies back into the ocean.

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A participant holds a placard reading “Jobs! I Want  Jobs!” during an “Occupy Taipei” protest in front of the Taipei 101  building in Taipei on October 15, 2011.

A participant holds a placard reading “Jobs! I Want Jobs!” during an “Occupy Taipei” protest in front of the Taipei 101 building in Taipei on October 15, 2011.

A worker dried persimmons in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

A worker dried persimmons in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

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A woman walked past a projected stock-price board in a brokerage house in Taipei, where the key Taiex index fell 0.79% during Tuesday’s trading, amid concern over the U.S. economy and credit rating.

A woman walked past a projected stock-price board in a brokerage house in Taipei, where the key Taiex index fell 0.79% during Tuesday’s trading, amid concern over the U.S. economy and credit rating.

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A young boy watched honor guard trainees at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei

A young boy watched honor guard trainees at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei

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A vendor shouts out to customers at a Chinese New Year market in Taipei January 30, 2011.

A vendor shouts out to customers at a Chinese New Year market in Taipei January 30, 2011.

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Worshippers crowd the Xingtian Temple in Taipei February 3, 2011.

Worshippers crowd the Xingtian Temple in Taipei February 3, 2011.

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Performers from the Guo Guang Opera Company pose  after their rehearsal for a new program titled “Pan Jin Lian”, to be  performed on New Year’s Eve, at the National Theatre Concert Hall in  Taipei, Taiwan on December 30, 2010.

Performers from the Guo Guang Opera Company pose after their rehearsal for a new program titled “Pan Jin Lian”, to be performed on New Year’s Eve, at the National Theatre Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan on December 30, 2010.

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A man stands inside a snow globe as part of Christmas decorations near a shopping center in Taipei, Taiwan on December 7, 2010.

A man stands inside a snow globe as part of Christmas decorations near a shopping center in Taipei, Taiwan on December 7, 2010.

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Genetically engineered angelfish (Pterophyllum)  glow in a tank under a blacklight, at a fish farm in Pingtung, southern  Taiwan on September 16, 2010. The fish are the world’s first fluorescent  angelfish which were created by a joint project between Taiwan’s  Academia Sinica and Jy Lin, a private biotechnology company. The breed  is the largest fluorescent fish in the world which are able to mate and  reproduce, said Yu-Ho Lin, Chairman of Jy Lin. The fish are expected to  be sold at around $30 after certification.

Genetically engineered angelfish (Pterophyllum) glow in a tank under a blacklight, at a fish farm in Pingtung, southern Taiwan on September 16, 2010. The fish are the world’s first fluorescent angelfish which were created by a joint project between Taiwan’s Academia Sinica and Jy Lin, a private biotechnology company. The breed is the largest fluorescent fish in the world which are able to mate and reproduce, said Yu-Ho Lin, Chairman of Jy Lin. The fish are expected to be sold at around $30 after certification.

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karinanicole:

Lantern Festival, Taiwan
“Glowing, floating lanterns carry aloft Taiwanese hopes and prayers for good fortune in the coming year. In Taiwan and in Mainland China the Lantern Festival is celebrated on the night of the new year’s first full moon. The origins of the ancient custom are in doubt but its future seems secure—the festival has gained steam in recent years with the addition of fireworks and laser light shows.”
(Photograph by Wally Santana/AP)
National Geographic

karinanicole:

Lantern Festival, Taiwan

“Glowing, floating lanterns carry aloft Taiwanese hopes and prayers for good fortune in the coming year. In Taiwan and in Mainland China the Lantern Festival is celebrated on the night of the new year’s first full moon. The origins of the ancient custom are in doubt but its future seems secure—the festival has gained steam in recent years with the addition of fireworks and laser light shows.”

(Photograph by Wally Santana/AP)

National Geographic

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