Taipei, April 6 (CNA) A total of 88 couples are expected to recite their wedding vows at this year's Hakka Tung Blossom and Wedding Festival in Miaoli County in May, the county's Culture and Tourism Bureau announced during a press conference on Thursday.
The wedding event will be part of Miaoli's annual festival that celebrates white tung blossoms -- often described as "April snow" or "May snow" depending on when they are in full bloom, by locals - and part of the cultural heritage of Taiwan's Hakka community.
The festival is held annually amid much fanfare, with a series of fun activities to promote tourism in Miaoli County. According to the bureau, this will be the twelfth year the wedding ceremony has been held.
The event is open to 88 couples, among which 52 spots will be reserved for Taiwanese, while the remaining 36 will go to Chinese couples, it said.
Each participating couple from Taiwan will receive gifts as wedding souvenirs courtesy of the county government, Miaoli County Magistrate Hsu Yao-chang (徐耀昌) said.
Reservations will be made available this Sunday through next Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Miaoli County Visitor Information Center, the bureau said.
"Those wishing to participate in the wedding ceremony must seize this opportunity as soon as possible," the bureau's director-general Lin Yan-fu (林彥甫) said.
Meanwhile, couples who participated in the event over the past 11 years have also been invited to participate in a "homecoming" event organized by the Hakka Affairs Council on May 20.
The event will include Hakka handicrafts and traditional cuisine, with performances featuring traditional arts and singing, according to the council.
(By Kuan Tuan-ping and Ko Lin)