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Gov't to launch National Hakka Day festivities in March

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- This year's National Hakka Day festivities will be held on March 1 and 2, the Cabinet-level Hakka Affairs Council announced yesterday.

The council said members of the Hakka community in Taiwan and overseas will be celebrating National Hakka Day in order to appreciate Hakka cultural values through ancestor worship and being environmentally friendly. According to the council, recycling goods is a Hakka way of appreciating Mother Earth.

The council said the traditional Hakka way of life is to respect Mother Earth; therefore, this year's National Hakka Day will feature activities such as making art craft with recycled paper in order to underscore the importance of conservation.

National Hakka Day falls on the 20th day of the lunar calendar's first month.

This is the third National Hakka Day to be celebrated in the nation.

This year, the council has organized a hiking event slated for March 2 in Nanzhuang Township, Miaoli County.

The event will promote environmental awareness by taking people on a hike through the beautiful Miaoli County, said the council.

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