National Yimin Festival

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During
the Lin Shuangwen incident in the late Qing dynasty, Lin Xiankun of
Liuzhangli Village (present day Zhubei) led a group of soldiers and joined
forces with other leaders from Guangdong including Wang Tingchang, Chen
Ziyun, and Liu Chaozhen to bravely resist invaders. Over 200 men sacrificed
their lives in the battle, winning them an imperial decree declaring their
loyalty. Later, Lin Xiankun enlisted the aid of local leaders such as Liu
Chaozhen, Wang Tingchang, Huang Zongwang, and Wu Ligui in constructing a
temple to memorialize the dead. Traditional ceremonies of the Yimin Festival
include raising lantern poles, releasing water lanterns, carrying shoulder
poles, returning black banners to the woman’s parents’ home, and Da Shi Ye.
15 villages in Hsinchu and Taoyuan take turns hosting the event, which has a
history of 220 years.

These ceremonies became a unique form of belief for the
Hakka people and turned Yimin Ye into one of Taiwan’s main deities. Since the
festival occurs during the seventh month of the lunar calendar, it is often
organized along with the Ghost Festival, combining the spirit of compassion
for departed spirits with respect for those who gave their lives in defense
of their homeland.

During the seventh month, Taiwan’s Yimin Temples organize
events to pay the proper respects, and as Xinpu Yimin Temple is the country’s
main one, it represents the Hakka’s religious center. The worship ceremonies
organized here have a long history, are held on a large scale, are
representative of Taiwan, and are overall highly regarded. The branch temples
will gather and return to the woman’s parents’ home, carrying on Yimin Ye’s
spirit of loyalty and righteousness.
International
Hsinpu Township, Hsinchu CountyHsinchu County Sinpu TownshipMap
886-3-5510201#706
Hsinchu County Government
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