Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) The lantern display will continue until April 19 in Yunlin County's Beigang Township, despite the close of the 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival on Sunday, an official said Saturday.
The Yunlin County government decided in a meeting held that day that all the lanterns currently being exhibited in Beigang will be preserved, making the extension possible, said Chang Sheng-chih (張勝智), chief of the township.
Extending the lantern display will allow visitors to take part in annual events celebrating the birthday of the sea goddess Matsu at Beigang's well-known Chaotian Temple, he said.
Matsu's birthday is on the 23rd day of the third lunar month, which falls on April 19 this year.
This year's lantern festival is being held in two areas in Yunlin -- at the main venue in Huwei from Feb. 11-19 and in Beigang from Feb. 7-19.
As the festival is drawing to a close, there have been calls for the county to extend the festival.
The county government explained earlier that the lantern show at the Huwei site cannot be extended due to contract restrictions and a shortage of manpower.
(By Yeh Tzu-kang and Y.F. Low)