Taipei markets are the best place to see the great celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. A walk through the bazaar street Rongbin and shopping district Dihua Street can appreciate the infinite amount.
A huge arch with Chinese red lanterns and banners with goats and registration in Mandarin cross the streets of the main markets in Taipei and welcome to what is the authentic Chinese Lunar New Year, celebrated this February 19th.
In the Bazaar Street map of Rongbin, for example, offered a huge variety of fresh products at special prices for the occasion along several blocks. Highlighted in view colorful fruit stands with its mountains of tropical fruits like apples Java, custard apples, pineapples, pitayas, carambola, papayas and bananas, along with tangerines, grapes, nectarines and cherries, and other fruits. Against them, the vegetable stalls are a sort of green sea, full of sheets of all sizes and shapes, among which appears odd carrot, turnip or cabbage. Behind it are baskets of candy shine with its metallic wrappers or sugary toppings. And as you go through the streets, tables fishmongers not cease to amaze with the large selection of seafood and seafood, some of them still alive and crammed into large pools.
Something similar is seen in the famous Dihua Street, a few meters from Taipei Main Station. Dihua is a historic route of the city, was built in the mid nineteenth century, but some sections there since the seventeenth century, when Taiwan was ruled by the Dutch. Therefore, its architecture has Western features and walls of the buildings are carved some Anglo-Saxon surnames. It is estimated that during the pre-arrival of the Chinese New Year, this street circulate almost one million tourists and Taiwanese. Most come to buy or try the local delicacies parties. As Rongbin, this is also the realm of abundance. Industrial quantities of sweets and candies, snacks of dried seaweed with chia seeds or sesame seeds, fruit kebabs fried sea, sausages, dried meats, dried fruits, nuts, cashews, almonds and ginger teas are some of the proposals the eye of tourists can be distinguished without difficulty. The rest is a matter of daring to taste before buying.
Among so much food, there are plenty of little shops selling traditional ornaments. The red and gold pendants function as curtains to enter that world of gods and symbols of fortune, longevity, happiness and prosperity. Besides goats - protagonists coming year - figures of dragons, fish, boats gold, coins, lamps, red envelopes and kittens luck, among other things sold. The meaning carrying each of these elements is what makes it so unique celebration of the New Year. Here, traditions are truly rooted in a habit and an ancient culture that believes fervently in their deities and mythologies. That's why hung bunches of Chinese firecrackers are on the doors of homes or businesses, so that when the time comes explode, scare away evil spirits and nothing come to the union of families.
Traslation Belén Zapata