Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage in C. Taiwan to take place June 11-20, limited to 800 people
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has just relaxed coronavirus restrictions on June 7. Organizers of the Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage, the largest annual religious procession in Taiwan, said Monday (June 8) that the event will be held this year from June 11-20, nearly three months later than the original date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All participants in the procession will be required to wear masks at all times, and those with fevers are urged not to attend.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has now stabilized in Taiwan and some relevant restrictions have been lifted, the procession will begin late Thursday, Vice Chairman Cheng Ming-kun (鄭銘坤) said Monday. The actual procession workers will be limited to 800 people, whose names will be recorded and their temperatures checked daily, Cheng said at a press conference.
The event, organized annually by Taichung's Jenn Lann Temple, was originally slated for March 19-28, but was postponed after the temple's chairman, Yen Ching-piao (顏清標), consulted with health professionals about possible risks
The Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage will be held at 11 p.m. on June 11 and finished on June 20. Due to the pandemic, the actual procession workers have been limited to 800 people who will be required to wear masks at all times. Participants who are called on to follow the procession online rather than in person this year.
The procession is held annually to celebrate the birthday of the sea goddess Matsu and features the Matsu statue of the Jenn Lann Temple being carried on a paladin on the shoulders of worshipers throughout central Taiwan.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gather along the more-than 340-kilometer route that travels through Taichung, Changhua County, Yunlin County, and Chiayi County to celebrate the occasion.
Source: Taiwan News