Tung Blossom Festival in full bloom in Changhua County

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(Photo courtesy of Changhua County government)

(Photo courtesy of Changhua County government)

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) The Hakka Tung Blossom Festival in Changhua County entered its second-day of festivities on Sunday with traditional music and song, coupled with Hakka delicacies in celebration of Hakka culture.

A 23-day event sponsored by the Hakka Affairs Council, the festival is centered around the tung blossom, a flower that blooms from mid-April to late May in central and northern Taiwan.

Changhua County Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷) attended the event together with Fenyuan Township chief Hung Ching-chang (洪慶章) and other officials and welcomed everyone to admire the area's tung blossoms and learn about local Hakka culture.

Wei said the festival was of particular significance because it can help spread and promote the cultural diversity of his county, including Hakka culture and language.

"We invite all people to visit local Hakka communities, listen to the beautiful Hakka dialect, and enjoy the amazing site of the white tung flowers," he said.

The event also offers bicycle tours around local Hakka villages where visitors can admire tung blossoms and participate in activities that include making traditional Hakka rice cakes, and musical performances, according to Wei.

The festival is being held in several communities and townships across Changhua County, and is set to run until May 14.

(By Wu Jhe-hao and Ko Lin)
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