"Ying Wang" Festival
During 16th century of Emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty, growth in the Donggang area attracted a large number of Chinese migrants from Quanzhou and Zhangzhou in Fujian province. Feeling homesick and in fear of catching epidemic diseases in a new land, these people, who came to Taiwan from across the ocean had no choice but to rely on the blessings of Wen Wangye, the god who carried out inspections on behalf of heaven.
Community leaders started to collaborate, following rituals brought in buy traveling taoist priests and local residents and passed it down to the next generations. The purpose of "Ying Wang " Festival is that Wen Wangye invites his sworn brothers to come to Donggang to prevent the spread of plagues and pray for peace and blessings on behalf of heaven.
"Ying Wang" Festival in Donggang, Pingtung County Taiwan (R.O.C.), has a long history. from a ceremony local to Donggang, where it originated, it became a county-wide celebration. The entire ceremony, which is completely open to the public, is deeply intertwined with people's lives. The ceremony was originally held to banish evil spirits, but has since evolved into a celebration of peace and security. This celebration is an integration of local culture with the worship of Wen Wangye. Two of the most valuable traditions preserved within the ceremony are the construction of the Wangye ship and the folk art performances (zhèntóu), both of which are of great religious and artistic significance. The excellence of Donggang’s craftsmen and performing artists is evident in the Wangye Ship's construction, the deity pilgrimage, and the dancing performances. Wangye ship was once made of bamboo and papier mâché but now is made of different kinds of wood.
Donggang "Ying Wang" Festival is the largest in Taiwan. The ceremony lasts for seven days. It is held once every three years, on the Years of the Bull, Dragon, Goat and Dog. The exact dates of the ceremony is only announced after consulting celestial gods.
The "Ying-Wang" Festival will be held from October 24th to 31th, 2021. Welcome friends from all over the world to come to Donggang to experience the unique folk festivals.
2021.10.24 Invitation of Wangye (Walking over Fire)
10.25-28 Inspection Procession
10.29-30 Feasting Wangye, ”Suppressing the spirits of plague”
10.30 Wangye Ship Ceremony (sailing through the town)
10.31 Sending off Wangye