05 May '11, 4am

Taiwan celebrates Hakka flower festival: TAIWAN: Taiwan celebrates the Paulownia Blossom Festival - the island's...

Taiwan celebrates Hakka flower festival: TAIWAN: Taiwan celebrates the Paulownia Blossom Festival - the island's...

TAIWAN: Taiwan celebrates the Paulownia Blossom Festival - the island's biggest flower festival part of the culture of the Hakka people. The Hakka people are Taiwan's second largest ethinic group making up about 20 per cent of the population. Found mostly in northwestern Taiwan, the Paulownia tree stands as a symbol of the Hakka heritage. It used to serve as an important source of income for the Hakka community in Taiwan. "The wood can be used to make furniture, so the Hakka people planted many Paulownia trees. The tree seeds can be used to extract oil, so they had high economic value to the Hakka people," said Mr Liu Tung Lung, deputy minister of the Council of Hakka Affairs. Over the years, the trees may have lost their value as economic crops, but they're still dearly cherished by the Hakka people and regarded as a symbol of their culture. The Hakka community celebrates...

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