By Benjamin Flowers: The Republic of China (Taiwan)’s 2022 Lantern Festival, one of the largest events on the country’s calendar was held this week and the country used the platform to thank other countries for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the Festival’s Drone Light Show, which saw the deployment of 1,500 drones to light up the sky, Taiwan sent a message of thanks to Japan, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland, the United States, and the Czech Republic, who all donated vaccines to Taiwan to help with its national COVID-19 response.
During the event, which was held on February 9 at the Love River Bay in Kaohsiung City, the drones were seen lighting up the sky with giant heart-shaped flags of the six donor countries, followed by a big “Thank You.”
“A friend in need is a friend indeed…We are deeply thankful for the precious friendships, and I believe the beauty of the world can always be found in humanity,” said Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-Mai on his Facebook page.
“Taiwan, as part of the global community, is always generous enough to offer. Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is also not shy in openly expressing our appreciation to all of our friends out there: Taiwan thanks you for your help.”
It has been 20 years since the rotating Lantern Festival was held in Kaohsiung.
Just as the other countries supported Taiwan during the pandemic, Taiwan has also been supporting other countries, including Belize, making several donations to the country’s health ministry and other relevant authorities to either up their supply of essential equipment or build capacity in the fight against COVID-19.