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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2020. 11:15 am CST.

Photo Credit: Taiwan Times

By BBN Staff: For the first time ever, Belize will be featured at two cultural events in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung and the Taipei Lantern Festival.

Both festivals are scheduled for Saturday, February 8th, and Belizean culture will be represented through two lanterns, one depicting the Great Blue Hole, and the other depicting the Lamanai archaeological site. According to the official website of the Taiwan Lantern Festival, the 2020 theme is “Brilliant Taichung” and will be used to show the world the prosperity and development of Taichung City as Taiwan’s second-largest city and its cultural innovation.

The official website for the Taipei Lantern Festival says that the event revolves around the passing down of Chinese culture, integration of art innovation with technology and promotion of tourism in Taipei.

Belize and Taiwan are scheduled to celebrate 31 years of strong bilateral relations this year, with Belize being one of only 15 remaining diplomatic allies, which includes 14 United Nations countries and the Holy See.

During the celebration of the 30th anniversary of bilateral relations, Belize and Taiwan held several events and increased cooperation in various sectors. Belize’s feature at the lantern festivals is in line with last year’s push for greater collaboration between the two countries.


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