Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the annual Lantern Festival which commence on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival began on 10 February, marking the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.

According to report in Taipei Times, the lantern festival will feature five lantern zones where visitors can enjoy a variety of lanterns lit to usher in the Year of the Snake. Parades will be held on 28 February, 1 March, 2 March, 3 March, 9 March and 10 March. The main highlight of the event will be a 26m high snake-shaped lantern - symbolising the nation's success and prosperity in the year ahead.

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