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Year of the Horse theme in full stride for 2014 Lantern Festival

TAIPEI -- Organizers of the 2014 Taiwan Lantern Festival unveiled on Friday the event's theme lantern, a massive golden horse designed to symbolize the upcoming Year of the Horse.

This year's festival will start on Feb. 14, 15 days after the first day of the Lunar New Year, and be held in Zhongxing New Village in the central county of Nantou until Feb. 23.

The lantern, which weighs 30 metric tons and stands 23 meters high, is the tallest in the festival's 25-year history, according to the Tourism Bureau, the event's main organizer.

Created with 200,000 LED light bulbs, the lantern is also more dazzling and environmentally friendly than ever before, said David Hsieh, director-general of the bureau.

Also unveiled Friday was a small horse-shaped paper lantern that will be given as a gift to the public during the festival.

Acting Nantou Magistrate Chen Chih-ching said the organizers have prepared 160,000 such lanterns, to be given away starting at 3 p.m. every day between Feb. 13 and Feb. 23.

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