Passing Down Creative Lantern Culture, New Resident Parents' and Children's Exotic Paintings
To pass down the culture of the Lantern Festival, Taichung Der Whau Primary School holds a "painting lantern festival" activity and invites new resident parents and their children to participate. Department of Education of Taichung City Government states that new resident families express the feelings and blessings to their friends and relatives in their hometown and welcome the Lantern Festival through painting the sceneries of the hometown and cultural relics on lanterns.
President of the Der Whau Primary School, Li Jialong, states that through participating in this activity with and her twin sons, Zhuo Sheng and Zhuo Laisheng, Huang Lina, a new resident mother, recalls what she was like when moving to Taiwan for marriage 20 years ago. Besides, through painting hometown sceneries and cultural relics on lanterns, people have the opportunity to understand the culture of their motherland, Indonesia.
Director of the Der Whau Primary School, Cai Shujing, states that during the process of painting, Mrs. Huang particularly introduces the lantern's pattern painted on by her and her children which is "Batik", an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. This technique of wax-resist dyeing is included in the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) as Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), and Indonesians see "Batik" as the "national costume" worn on major, formal occasions.
2020 Taiwan Lantern Festival- Lantern Competition will be exhibited from 2/8 to 2/23 at the Houli Horse Ranch & Forest Park Area. People are welcome to enjoy the elaborate work of lanterns made by parents, teachers, students, volunteers, and institutions from various well-known schools across the country and walk in the forest to experience the beauty of integration of nature and technology.