What: 2014 Tainan International Drumming Festival
When: Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, from 10am to 4:30pm
Where: Eternal Golden Castle (億載金城) at 3 Guangzhou Rd, Anping District, Tainan City (台南市安平區光州路3號)
Cost: NT$100 per show
WANT TO WIN THE LOTTERY
Got a wish about personal finances? Consider a trip to Pingxi. This year, New Taipei City’s Tourism and Travel Department (新北市觀光局) has scheduled the first release of wish lanterns for 6pm on Feb. 3, the eve of the Money God’s (財神) birthday, in order to boost the chance of him noticing. You could improve your luck even further by picking a lantern shaped like an ingot — they’re new to this year’s event. The second and third launches of Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival (平溪天燈節) are scheduled for Feb. 8 and Feb. 14. The latter is a Valentine’s Day special that will send off 1,550 traditional lanterns and 200 lanterns shaped like hearts. To reserve one, visit www.pingxiskylantern.tw/2014/.
What: Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
When: Feb. 3 at 6pm
Where:Jingtong Elementary School (菁桐國小), 45 Jingtong St, Pingxi Dist, New Taipei City (新北市平溪區菁桐街45號)
When: Feb. 8 at 6pm
Where: Pingxi Junior High School (平溪國中), 92 Shidi St, Pingxi Dist, New Taipei City (新北市平溪區石底街92號)
When: Feb. 14 at 6pm
Where: Shifen Sky Lantern Square (十分廣場), 136 Nanshanping, Pingxi Dist, New Taipei City (新北市平溪區南山坪136號)
WANT A HEART-HEALTHY HOLIDAY
Taipei’s first major road run is the whimsically named 2014 Ting Teng Hsiao Yeah Run (2014頂燈宵Yeah跑), and it starts on Feb. 8 from Dajia Riverside Park (大佳河濱公園). This non-competitive event offers three options — 2km, 5km and 7km routes — and awards a bag of biscuits and other treats for completing any one. Runners in the 5km and 7km routes also get a soft hat in the shape of a tangyuan (湯圓), a glutinous rice ball. The headgear is affixed with LED lights that break out into a little light show when you pass checkpoints on the road, which are named for benedictions like “May You Rise to Eminence”(步步高升) and “May a River of Gold Flow into Your Pockets” (財源廣進). To register, visit www.run8.com.tw.
What: 2014 Ting Teng Hsiao Yeah Run (2014頂燈宵Yeah跑)
When: Feb. 8. Registration begins at 3pm, 7km run starts at 5:30pm, 2km starts at 5:45, 5km starts at 6pm.
Where: Dajia Riverside Park
Cost: NT$180 for 2km, NT$600 for 5km and 7km