President Tsai Ing-wen opens 2020 Lantern Festival without mask

President Tsai Ing-wen opens Lantern Festival without mask
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was deliveting a remark before officially opening the 2020 Lantern Festival in Taichung on Saturday (Feb 8, 2020). (Indonesia Window)

Taichung, Taiwan (Indonesia Window) – The rise of new coronavirus originating from Wuhan in Hubei Province, China since late 2019, has prompted Taiwanese people to wear masks, especially in crowded and closed places.

Taiwan which is geographically close to China, and has 11 cases, has implemented a comprehensive prevention and control measures, including organizing the 2020 Lantern Festival held in Taichung on February 8-23.

The festival to celebrate the 15th day of the Chinese New Year was opened by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday (Feb 8) evening.

Although people were advised to wear masks, President Tsai and a number of government officials who attended the event did not wear masks, accentuating that Taiwan is safe from the virus outbreak so that people should not worry to keep doing their daily activities with a sense of security.

President Tsai Ing-wen, who was re-elected in January’s election, opened the festival by lighting a 15-meter-high lantern installation called the Tree of Light placed on Taichung’s World Flora Expo Forest Park.

The “root” of the lantern tree spreads in 22 directions, symbolizing 22 Taiwan cities.

The tree has 368 small flower-shaped lanterns, signifying 368 small towns and districts on the Formosa Island, and 2,359 leaf-like light installations representing the population of 23.59 million.

Reporting by Indonesia Window

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