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City god cultural festival to kick off in June
台北霞海城隍文化節 六月熱鬧登場

Taipei’s bear mascot “Bravo” is pictured at the Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple on July 17 last year.

Photo: Tsai Ya-hua, Liberty Times

To celebrate the bi-centennial anniversary of Xia-Hai City God’s arrival from Xiamen’s Xiacheng to Taiwan next year, the Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple is working with the General Association of Chinese Culture on a series of activities for the month-long Taipei Xia-Hai City God Cultural Festival scheduled for June, in which the deity’s birthday falls.

In addition to the city god and his wife, the temple also worships “Yuexia Laoren” (literally “old man under the moon”) — or the Matchmaking God in English — who has been very popular lately. Many single people pray to him and ask for a lucky red thread, and he would help you search for a match on the other end of the thread.

After attending the annual cultural festival, don’t miss the nearby Ningxia Night Market featuring a variety of street food, including famous eateries recommended by the Michelin Guide Taipei such as Yuan Huan Pien Oyster Omelet, Liu Yu Zi, Rong’s Pork Liver and Fang Chia Shredded Chicken on Rice.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






1. centennial adj.

百年的(bai3 nian2 de5)

2. city god phr.


(cheng2 huang2 ye2)

3. deity n.

神明 (shen2 ming2)

4. matchmaking n.

作媒 (zuo4 mei2)

5. thread n.


(si1 sheng2, si1 xian4)

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