22 imagesIn the early hours on September 28th, the Rites of Confucius are performed island-wide by students in cities and counties at the temples of historical sage. The rites are a tribute to Confucius and meant to instill the venerable values of 'ren', 'li' and 'yi' propagated by the sage. That is: humanism, propriety and righteousness -- but what's the most important in Taiwan on this day is the cultivation of respect for teachers and education.
18 imagesWorld Lion Dance Competition, Kaohsiung Lion Dance Festival 2010, Judan Athletic Center, Zuo Ying, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
11 imagesIn Taiwan Door Gods are commonly seen on household doors and temple doors. They are believed to protect the occupants as well as bring good fortune. The first door gods were Shentu and Yulei, arguably the most popular door gods are Qin Shubao and Wei Chigong and other popular door gods are the Four Heavenly Kings, the Heng Ha Generals and Weituo and Jialan. Door gods are often divided into 'literary' or 'civil' door gods and 'military' door gods. A fuller explanation can be found here: