Its a beautifully restored temple - which earned a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award in 2003. Its a riot of sounds, colours and smells. Different parades, dances, floats and lion dancing. Its a chance for exhibitionists to stand out in the crowd.
And of course, great face-painting.
Its a wonderful occasion to see traditional Taiwan culture alive and thriving.
What surprises me is still how locally-rooted the whole event is. Somehow, it hasn't become overly commercialised.
Big crowd turn-out
Puppets for sale Fervent prayers in the crowdStreet fashion
Beautiful hand-made masks from the group among my favourites: the Twelve Grannies Formation from Hsuehchia, Tainan County.2 generations
Tying a maskIts hot!Tiring day