Fireworks Festival in Yanshui, Taiwan

Crowds of people being shot by fireworks ..

It is Said that the Fireworks Festival originated from a cholera epidemic which broke out in the early ruling period of Kuanghsu Emperor of Ching Dynasty and lasted for more than 20 years.
In order to drive out the evil spirits and ward off the disease, the survivors invited the spirit of Kuan Kung.
The deities of Heaven are able to inspect the land on the day of Lantern Festival by carrying the statue of Kuan Kung in palanquins and paraded around Yanshui and letting off masses of firecrackers, and the epidemic soon receded.

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