The Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage, the largest annual religious procession in Taiwan, will depart on Thursday evening and return on June 20, organizers announced on Monday.
The 9-day procession, which celebrates the birthday of the sea goddess Matsu, will take the Matsu statue of Taichung’s Jenn Lann Temple on a journey throughout central Taiwan on the shoulders of worshipers.
In response to the announcement, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心), said there won’t be any restrictions on the procession even though the epidemic prevention measures are still in place.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic this year, temples announced the cancellations of the annual processions in March. As the pandemic has continued to subside, the CECC allowed gatherings limited to around 1,000 people.