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Hakka culture on show as Liouduei events end

The 2012 Liouduei Carnival and 47th Liouduei Athletic Games culminate today at the Yung Ta Institute of Technology and Commerce in Linlo Township of the Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, and local people are advised to join the event to feel the strong vitality and vigor of the Hakka people and enjoy their special cultural features, according to the Cabinet-level Council for Hakka Affairs, organizer of the event.

The Liouduei Athletic Games is now the nation's only Hakka sports event.

Hakka or not, anyone can join as a competitor or judge in the sports and fun at the annual Liouduei track meet during the upcoming Liouduei Carnival. Liouduei is not a geographical location, but refers to Hakka settlements in Kaohsiung County and Pingtung County. Liouduei was originally a military vigilante group formed in 1721 by Hakka people in the two areas to protect their homes. The residents valued exercise and sports, and prepared for battle whenever social unrest occurred. Backed by strong support from the Liouduei's gentry, a track meet was held in 1948, which marked the beginning of the Liouduei athletic meets.

Since 2006, the Council for Hakka Affairs has integrated the specific industries, folk customs, and cultural specialties of 12 Hakka townships in southern Taiwan to expand the scale of the Liouduei Carnival, thus effectively spawning the economic and tourism development of the Liouduei area and generating excellent business opportunities.

For more information about the event, please access the council's website at www.hakka.gov.tw

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