El Grito – The Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day – after the speech of the authority (known as El Grito) at the main square, the Mexicans celebrate during the whole month with parade, songs, dance and fireworks. On September 16th 1810, a Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church and gave the call to arms that triggered the Mexican War of Independence against Spain.

I was in a small town of Palenque in Mexico. It was fun, the guy wear a metal structure with a bull and walk around after turning o the firecrackers.


Beehive Fireworks Festival in Yanshui, Tainan, Taiwan

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival 2020 – Feb. 7th and 8th

See the site below for more detailed information, what to wear, transportation, time of event.

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival is listed as one of the world’s three major folk festivals, and is also one of the most significant religious activities in Taiwan. The fireworks originated near the end of the 19th century during the Qing Dynasty. Back then there was a plague, and due to the lack of knowledge concerning medicine and treatment, the death toll increased every day. The terrified locals prayed to Guan Yu, or the Holy Ruler Deity Guan, and asked him for help. The deity replied that on the night of Lantern Festival Day, the deity will parade through the streets of Yanshui, and followers must set off firecrackers/fireworks as they trailed behind the deity’s holy sedan chair. The procession lasted until dawn, and the plague was no more. So the later generations carried on this custom and would welcome the Holy Ruler Deity Guan to make his rounds every year on the night of Lantern Festival Day.

Every Lantern Festival night, the holy sedan chair slowly parades through the streets of Yanshui (Tainan Province), surrounded by followers and visitors. When the sedan chair passes the doorways of stores and residences, racks of fireworks will be lit, sending firecrackers flying everywhere! People believe that after running through the flying fireworks, you can get rid of bad luck and have a prosperous and wonderful new year.

I didn’t wear special clothes or helmet, I did follow the parade in 2018 and hide behind a pole to see and make videos and photos. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to go, I took one or two bus from Tainan City to go to the local of the event. But it really worth it.