Putian: Compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits pay tribute to Mazu love


During the Lantern Festival, compatriots from both sides of the Taiwan Straits gather at Meizhou Island in Putian city to celebrate the Lantern Festival with Mazu.People on both sides of the Straits worship Mazu, eat glutinous rice balls and build bonfires, demonstrating the deep affection of “one family on both sides of the Straits”.Lin Jinzan, vice president of Chinese Mazu Cultural Exchange Association and Chairman of The Board of Directors of Meizhou Mazu Ancestral Temple, invited 15 Taiwan compatriots including Chen Qinghong, vice Chairman of Huangsheng Palace, Fuxing Township, Changhua County, Taiwan, to attend a dinner party at Mazu Academy of Tianfei’s Hometown Ruins Park.Compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits sit together, enjoy the meaning of peace mazu face and meaning reunion of tangyuan, with the word Mazu, celebrate the Lantern Festival.During the event, yuanxiao folk performance was also held in the ruins park of tianfei’s hometown.The wonderful performances and the jubilant atmosphere of yuanxiao immersed Taiwan villagers.In the melodious melody of “We are All One Family”, compatriots on both sides of the straits around the campfire, holding hands and dancing, the atmosphere to the climax.”Seeing many familiar folk activities, I feel very intimate, just like playing Lantern Festival in Taiwan.”Wang Shuhua, from Yilan, Taiwan Province, has been in the mainland for more than 20 years. In early 2021, she and her husband arrived on Meizhou Island, where they were deeply impressed by the strong cultural atmosphere and warm islanders.She said that she hoped the epidemic would soon pass, and friends from Taiwan would also come to the Ancestral temple to worship Mazu and celebrate the Lantern Festival together in Mazu’s hometown.Lin jinzan said compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits are one family.The Board of Directors of Zumiao has been practicing the concept of “Cross-strait one family” with practical actions and taking many measures to enhance the cultural identity of compatriots on both sides of the Straits.In the future, zumiao Board of Directors will continue to play the important role of mazu culture as a bridge and link in cross-strait exchanges, and make new contributions to building a bridgehead for Taiwan enterprises landing in the first home.(Source: Meizhou Daily Reporter: Wu Weifeng Correspondent: Gao Yacheng/photo editor: Huang Bin)

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