Mazu pilgrimage in 11 languages online on April 7
According to Radio Taiwan International, RTI is set to broadcast the Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage live on-site in eleven languages on April 7 night. Mazu is traditionally worshipped as the goddess of the sea. The annual pilgrimage has been recognized by Discovery Channel as one of the world’s three major religious festivals.
According to TAIWAN TODAY, departing from Jenn Lann Temple in Taichung City on a 340-kilometer round-trip route, the nine-day pilgrimage will stop at six temples in the city, neighboring Changhua County, Yunlin County in western Taiwan and Chiayi County in the south.
The pilgrimage begins at 11:05 pm on April 7 night and will last for nine days and eight nights. The journey spans 340 kilometers and brings the Dajia Mazu through nearly 100 temples along the way. The pilgrimage is to honor the goddess and to pray for the world’s health and well-being.
RTI is sending hosts from eleven language services to broadcast the event live from 8pm until midnight. These languages are English, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Cantonese.
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The theme for this year’s pilgrimage is “Promise”, and Taiwanese singer Mavis Fan will sing the hit song “I Promise” at the opening. Singer Winnie Hsin will sing the Taiwanese version of the song at the closing ceremony.
Radio Taiwan International says, the procession is the largest religious event in Taiwan and usually attracts around 1 million people. Last year, due to the pandemic, the event was scaled down to 800 people and postponed to mid-June.
In 2009 UNESCO put Mazu beliefs and customs on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.