The Beehive Fireworks Festival of Yanshui, Taiwan

The folks in Taiwan will be ringing in the New Year with one of the most dangerous festivals around: The Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival.  The festival is currently ranked as the 5th most dangerous festival in the world, and after watching this video it’s not hard to see why.

This annual festival sees hundreds take to the streets in helmets, gloves and thick jackets to set the city aflame with as many fireworks as they can muster.  Why is it called the Beehive festival?  Well, it has to do with the most prominent fireworks used; the beehive being up to 60 thousand bottle rockets stacked row on top of row. When lit the beehive sets rockets flying out in a dazzling and terrifying array of fire.

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The Yanshui Fireworks Festival is one of the most dangerous around

The origins of the festival can be traced back to around 1875 during the rule of Kuanghsu Emperor, when there was a cholera outbreak that devastated the region.  Unsure of what to do, the locals turned to the gods for help and let of masses of fireworks off to frighten off any demons and negative spirits.  The epidemic slowly receded.

Injuries are not uncommon at the Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival and, if you chose to participate, extreme caution must be taken to ensure that you don’t severely hurt yourself.  If you’re in Taiwan and want to jolt your senses, check out the Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival which is celebrated each year approx 15 days after the Lunar New Year.

When: February 23rd, 2013

Where:  Yanshui, Taiwan

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2 thoughts on “The Beehive Fireworks Festival of Yanshui, Taiwan

  1. Yes, a very dangerous festival but I totally ‘get’ the reasons why these rituals were so important in the past, developing from a serious belief into a celebration to remember tradition and cultural heritage. I enjoyed this very much. Best wishes, James 🙂

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