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TAICHUNG CITY, TAIWAN (APRIL 8, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** WORSHIPPERS GATHERING IN FRONT OF JENN LANN TEMPLE IN DAJIA DISTRICT, TAICHUNG PARTICIPANT DRESSED UP AS DEITIES WALKING AMONG THE CROWD WORSHIPPERS WITH TRUMPETS HERALDING DEPARTURE OF MAZU PALANQUIN FROM TEMPLE PARTICIPANTS TAKING PICTURES WITH SMARTPHONES VARIOUS OF MAZU PALANQUIN BEING CARRIED THROUGH CROWD WORSHIPPERS HOLDING UP INCENSE AND TAKING PICTURES WORSHIPPERS HOLDING FLAGS AND INCENSE (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 36-YEAR-OLD PARTICIPANT, HSU KUO-WEI, SAYING: "We are participating for the first time. We came down from Taipei to Dajia District in Taichung to take part in this year's procession. The main reason for us to come here is to pray for the health of our families and also to implore (Mazu) for Taiwan's fortune." VARIOUS OF FIRECRACKERS BEING SET OFF VARIOUS OF LANTERNS AT TEMPLE ENTRANCE VARIOUS OF PROCESSION WITH PARTICIPANTS HOLDING INCENSE (SOUNDBITE) (MANDARIN) 34-YEAR-OLD ENGINEER, CHANG CHUN-WEI, SAYING: "This time I will probably walk for six days. I don't know how many hundred kilometres but it should be a pretty long distance. Every time it is very straining, but I believe that Mazu is by our side protecting us, so I think the exhaustion is worth it." VARIOUS OF CROWD AND PARTICIPANTS DRESSING UP AS DEITIES PARTICIPANTS LOOKING ON PARTICIPANTS DRESSING UP AS DEITIES COUPLE TAKING A SELFIE PARTICIPANTS BOWING (SOUNDBITE) (MANDARIN) 68-YEAR-OLD RETIREE SHEN MAO-CHANG SAYING: "The longer I walk, the better. I hope that I can at least walk to Singang. Singang is (the destination) of the outbound trip to Chiayi. I have no time to walk back (here), as I have other commitments. So at least four days of walking." PARTICIPANTS PERFORMING LION DANCE IN FRONT OF JENN LANN TEMPLE SMOKE OF FIRECRACKERS BEING SET OFF AMONG CROWD VARIOUS OF PARTICIPANTS PERFORMING LION DANCE
Dateline: 2016

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