Dajia Jenn Lann Temple announced on Feb. 26 that the Mazu pilgrimage will be held as scheduled. However, Temple Chair Yen Ching-piao said on Feb. 27 that he has spoken with Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung and Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung, and decided to accommodate the government's disease prevention policies. Therefore, the pilgrimage, which was scheduled for Mar. 19, will be postponed.
We will respect the professionals and postpone this year's Dajia Mazu pilgrimage. We will also do everything we can to help the government with disease prevention.
On the 26th, Jenn Lann Temple announced its annual Mazu pilgrimage would be held as scheduled. One day later, temple Chair Yen Ching-piao said the event would be postponed to accommodate the government's disease prevention measures.
(I consulted) public health groups, doctors, and scholars as well as local temple and municipal government officials. Some were in support; others expressed concern. I would like to thank everyone for their help. (Chen Shih-chung) did call me and I asked him for this thoughts as an epidemiological expert. He said we are working hard on both fronts.
Yen said he spoke with Central Epidemic Command Center head Chen Shih-chung and discussed the matter with officials from other temples in the region following the press conference on the 26th.
Everyone has been preparing for this for a long time -- several months at least. The flag team spent their own money. Therefore, our board of directors wanted to talk with them and not make a unilateral decision. We transferred the money yesterday.
Along with the Dajia Mazu pilgrimage, a number of large-scale religious events have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19.