2015/03/04-10 新埔花燈

元宵節標誌著農曆新年慶祝活動的結束。今年,落在 2015 年 3 月 5 日,星期四。在新埔元宵節花燈遊行被移動到 3 月 7 日,星期六,為了方便老百姓。在新竹縣,我注意到,新埔成為這些慶祝活動的中心,從鄰近城鎮人前來慶祝。從遠程鎮北埔甚至新竹市的 城隍廟都派團體來參加遊行。按我在街上遇見的校友解釋說,由於義民廟位於新埔,而且由於義民廟是客家人的文化與宗教中心,很自然的新埔成為 這個元宵節慶祝活動的中心。

在元宵節的前一個晚上(3 月 4 日),我邀請了住校的原住民學生參觀慶祝活動的場地。去年,花車都被分散在新埔各地,有的被放置在新埔國中 校園內,有的在新埔國小校園,有的被安置在街上,因為找不到一個大的地方足以容納所有的花車。今年就有一個大的地方了,就是政府在新埔正在 建設的都市計畫。道路已經建好和鋪平了而路燈都已經設好了,但沒有建築物。

當我們到達燈節的場地,我就注意到了,學生的眼睛並沒有集中在美麗的花車,而是在小吃攤。他們準備吃那些在台灣有名而美味的客家美食。 而我只拍照那一些花車。

第二天(3 月 5 日),我邀請了 2 位國際志工(AIESEC, AIESEC 臺灣),佐藤崇大先生,日本人,和 Freya Haushalter(費雅小姐), 德國人,去參觀燈節的場地。他們在我們學校要待 6 個星期幫助和教學生英文。他們很欣賞和喜歡彩燈花車的美,不得不拍照。我們當然也 嘗一嘗那一些美味的客家美食。

3 月 7 日是元宵節遊行的日子。這是一個激動人心的時刻,並爆竹爆炸四周可以感受到熱鬧的氣氛。來自鄰近城鎮的人前來觀看花車的遊行, 還有來自不同的城市和地區的代表團在遊行中表演他們的東西。

和去年一樣,今年我們學校也被邀請參加了遊行。我們花車的主題是聖家,就是在馬槽裡的小耶穌與瑪利亞和若瑟在一起。在陳貴榕主任(學務主任) 的指導之下,我們學生製造了學校的花車。朱永乾老師也幫了不少忙。他使用 PLC(可程式邏輯控制器)來控制花車的燈。

我們很多學生也參加了遊行來幫忙推那些大花車。漢娜小姐,我們加拿大人的交換學生,也很開心的幫忙推大花車。(感謝彭美莉老師提共有漢娜在的 2 個照片。)我們學校的樂隊也參加遊行,表演優美的音樂。

我拍了很多遊行的照片。但遊行的最後一部分我無法拍照了。我相機顯示的信息是:「電量不足」。而我沒有帶備用的電池!所以就是這樣結束了。

照片有一點太多,所以我分為 2 頁。



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The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations. This year, it fell on March 5, 2015, a Thursday. The Lantern Festival Float Parade in Hsinpu was moved to March 7, a Saturday, for the convenience of the people. In Hsinchu County, I noticed that Hsinpu became the center of these festivities as people from the neighboring towns came to celebrate. From the remote town of Peipu and even the City God Temple of Hsinchu City sent groups who came to participate in the parade. An alumnus I met in the street explained that since the Yimin Temple (Temple of the Righteous) is located in Hsinpu, and since the Yimin Temple is the cultural and religous center of the Hakka people, it is natural that Hsinpu becomes the center of this Lantern Festival celebration.

In the evening before the Lantern Festival (March 4) I invited the indigenous students in our school boarding house to visit the venue of the celebration. Last year, the floats were scattered around Hsinpu, some were placed inside the Hsinpu Junior High School campus, some in the Hsinpu Elementary School campus and some were placed along the streets as there was no place big enough to accommodate all the floats. This year, a large area under construction for the Urban Development of Hsinpu, a government project, is such a site. The roads are already constructed and paved and the street lights are already in place, but without the buildings.

When we arrived at the Lantern Festival venue, I noticed right away that the eyes of the students were not focused on the beautiful floats, but rather on the food stalls. They were ready to devour those delicious Hakka delicacies that are so famous in Taiwan. For me, I took pictures of the floats instead.

The next day (March 5), I invited the 2 foreign international volunteers ( AIESEC, AIESEC, Taiwan), Mr. Takahiro Sato, a Japanese, and Miss Freya Haushalter, a German, who are in our school for a 6-week stint to teach and help our students with their English, to go and visit the venue. They admired and enjoyed the beauty of the lantern floats and had to take pictures. We also had our fair share of those Hakka goodies.

March 7 was the day of the Lantern Festival Parade. It was an exciting time and with firecrackers exploding left and right one can sense the lively atmosphere. People from neighboring towns came to watch the parade and delegates, also from different towns and districts, perform their stuff during the parade.

Just like last year, this year our school was also invited to join in the parade. The theme of our float was the Holy Family, represented by Jesus in the manger with Mary and Joseph. The float was made by the students under the direction of Miss Chen Kuei Jung, the Directress of Student Affairs. Mr. Chu Yung Chien help a lot in the construction of the float. He used PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) to control the lighting of the float.

A lot of our students were there in the parade pushing those big floats. And Miss Hannah Gardiner, our Canadian exchange student, enjoyed herself pushing one of those big floats. (Thanks to Miss Anita Peng for the 2 pictures with Hannah in it.) Our school band also made their appearance, performing beautiful music, in the parade.

I took a lot of pictures of the parade. But the last part of the parade I was unable to take pictures anymore. The message displayed in my camera was: "Battery Empty." And I did not take a spare battery along! So that was it.

I took a lot of pictures, so I divided this into 2 pages.

Fr. Visminlu Vicente L. Chua, S.J. / 蔡由世神父 / 2015/03/11

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