Friday, September 7, 2007

2007-09-01 Hsinchu TPO

Hsinchu Temporary Post Office (TPO)
Name: 2007 Hsinpu Yimin Culture Festival
TPO Open Date/Time: 2007 September 1st(96.9.1)(9:00-15:00)
Cancellation Design: Gate, Stone Lion

The Yimin Festival is the grandest traditional religious observance among the Hakka. In Hsinchu County the celebrations are centered around the Fangliao Yimin Temple in the small Hakka town of Sinpu. The specific date is the 20th day of the seventh lunar month, but events and activities stretch more than a week. To the Hakka “yimin” denotes “righteous people,” meaning those who sacrifice themselves for their community. Specifically, the festival emerged to honor the brave who fought Hakka enemies during imperial days. The Fangliao Yimin Temple was built in 1794 before a sacred burial site for many of these martyrs, still extant. Hakka-diaspora devotees from around the globe come back to participate.

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