I stumbled upon it last year–it was May 29, 2009 in Danshui. Definitely the COOLEST festival I’ve ever seen (on par with ghost festival in Keelung). They had people dressed up as gods, those asian bagpipes, people parading around their temple’s shrines, and the most firecrackers I’ve ever seen in my life, people shooting off fireworks in the middle of crowds, left and right, highly dangerous… and it was all night.
What’s confusing is that Matsu’s birthday was on April 18th 2009, but this festival was at the end of May! I think there are multiple parades. But I think I remember a local telling us that the Danshui parade was the biggest and best because Matsu (being the sea goddess watching over the fishermen) is taken very seriously in Danshui. And I believe it–it was incredible!
Does anyone have any info on the exact date for next year (I want to have a friend visit at that time, go together). I can’t find any info for the Danshui festival. And you any of you who haven’t seen it–I highly recommend it!!!
Any info? Thanks!