The Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival is held annually in mid-October to the backdrop of Lotus Pond. The event combines cultural and religious aspects of the region and creates an interesting diversion for locals and tourists alike.
Culturally, the event recreates the glory of the former Wannian region in order to educate visitors. Locals participate in this recreation by firing bottle rockets at the ancient city gate to symbolize a cannon siege on the city.
Religiously, the festival celebrates the birth of Baosheng Dadi, the Emperor of Life Protection. To honor the deity, festival creators have fashioned a large “fire lion.” The lion represents the mount of Baosheng Dadi. This lion moves from temple around the Lotus Pond over the course of the week. At each temple, worshippers can sincerely write their wishes to be taken to heaven along with the fire lion. At the end of the week, the festival culminates with a firework parade followed by the burning of these wishes and the fire lion.
In addition to the above events, a plethora of cultural and religious performances take place at the local temples as well as a nightly fireworks show. There are also numerous carnival games and food stalls that line the Lotus Pond during the festival period. This year the Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival will run from October 12th to October 20th. You can find more information about the schedule of events on the official website.