Happy Dragon Boat Festival! Every year on this festival, long lines form at a 300-year-old well next to Beigang's Chaotien Temple due to the folk tradition of fetching noon water that wards off evil. Temple officials say the well's source of water has been abundant for over three centuries and the water is clean and sweet. The well is normally kept sealed and is only opened on the Dragon Boat Festival.
At noon, people are filling barrels and bottles with well water. It is a Dragon Boat Festival tradition to fetch water at noon to ward off evil. This 300-year-old well next to Beigang's Chaotien Temple is usually sealed and is only open to the public on the Dragon Boat Festival.
I've been making the trip since I was a kid. We all grew up in Beigang, so we are all familiar with Beigang's the "fetching well water at noon" tradition.
This is good geography. On the Dragon Boat Festival, everyone can fetch water together. On all other days, we still allow anyone that comes to pray to (Matsu) go get water.
The owner of an eatery next to the temple says long queues form during the holiday every year. Temple officials, meanwhile, say there is a reason the well's water supply is so abundant and the water is so clear and sweet.
There's a well under the main hall called "Dragon Throat." The well on the right is "Dragon Eye" and the well to the left of the furnace is "Tiger Well." All three have long histories.
Temple staff say due to well water's reputation for warding off evil when collected at noon on the Dragon Boat Festival, many people would take the water home to bathe children who had suffered a scare or to boil and drink. To this day, many people collect water at the well and take it home to give to their family and friends.