Taiwan, St. Kitts and Nevis Glow Together at Taipei Lantern Festival
Ambassador Jasmine E. Huggins of St. Kitts and Nevis (second left) is joined by Alexander Tah-ray Yui, director-general of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (left), and TCG’s Chien Jer-horng (right) at the unveiling of the Caribbean ally’s Port Zante lantern Feb. 7 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of Taipei City Government)
St. Kitts and Nevis is set to take center stage at the 2020 Taipei Lantern Festival lighting up Feb. 8 in Nangang and Wanhua districts.
Taiwan’s Caribbean ally will be represented by a lantern resembling Port Zante, a cruise ship pier located in the heart of capital Basseterre. The facility is a major tourism gateway for the island nation.
Jasmine E. Huggins, ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the ROC (Taiwan), said this was the third time for the country to participate in the culturally significant festival. It is hoped the lantern will inspire more people to consider taking a cruise holiday in the region and experiencing a special part of the world, she added.
Chien Jer-horng, deputy secretary-general of Taipei City Government, said the participation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the festival is highly anticipated by residents. The Port Zante lantern will help spotlight the country’s tourism credentials, he added.
Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis share a long-standing official relationship dating back to 1983 when the Commonwealth country gained independence from the U.K. Two-way ties have gone from strength to strength over the past 37 years, and are expected to further flourish going forward.