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香爐上香煙裊裊,代表著後人對祖先的緬懷 Since ancient times, the formation of festivals are closely related with the people's everyday life, with the characteristics of "exorcising bad luck", "requesting prosperity", "memorializing certain great people", "gathering together" etc. All these features highlight the piety and gratitude we express towards our ancestors, as well as the traditional virtue of respecting heaven and learning from the ancestors.

In Taiwan the traditional festivals fall into the following categories: "Traditional Festivals", "Temple Festivals", "Aboriginal Rituals" "New Festivals",etc. Through different rituals and ceremonies, it is not difficult for us to discover that although there are hundreds and thousands of ways to thank the gods, people express their intentions of respecting heaven and learning from the ancestors, which remain unchanged throughout the history.

If the traditional festivals originated from the seasonal changes or myths and legends, then folklore and temple fairs are the accumulation of the ancestors' experiences in beliefs and everyday life. Accumulated through times, they are developed into folklore and cultural characters. Concerning the indigenous people's rituals, they have preserved their traditional culture, manifesting their lifestyles in co-existence with nature and embracing everything. As to the newly developed festivals, they are the newly formed activities originated from the community construction, and the integration of regional cultural characters, natural resources, and leisure business, etc. Examining Taiwan's festivals closely, we are discovering the throb of Taiwan's culture. More importantly, it allows us to discover the deep-rooted meanings of the noisy festivals and rituals, in order to find new ways of well-being.
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