Chinese New Year’s Eve in a small town in Taiwan

On New Year’s Eve we had the chance to see how an old town in Taiwan decorates for the holiday.  The streets were covered with vendors selling good luck items, flowers for people’s ancestors and of course food. As American balloon pilots we seemed to generate some interest and many vendors wanted to give us good luck items or have us taste their specialties.  We were also invited into the oldest rice shop in town by the owner, a 85-year-old woman who was overjoyed to be able to practice her English and show us her table set for her ancestors.  She explained to us what each food item signified.




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