Taiwan's unusual New Year ceremony

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YEHLIU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Preparing hot coals for a ritual where local temples will carry God icons across the fire. The annual harbour cleansing ritual is to ensure safety at sea and a bountiful catch in the year ahead, and takes place on the day of the first full moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: The God icon, housed in a small palanquin, is carried off a fishing boat during an annual religious event. The rituals are intended to offer protection to the fleet in the coming year and are carried out at the beginning of the lunar year. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Preparing hot coals for a ritual where local temples will carry God icons across the fire. The annual harbour cleansing ritual is to ensure safety at sea and a bountiful catch in the year ahead, and takes place on the day of the first full moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIOU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Squid boats from a harbour fishing fleet let off fireworks as they circle the harbour opposite the Bao-an Temple in a harbour cleansing ritual. Each boat carries an icon of the gods and passing in front of the temple acts as the first stage of the blessing ceremony. Later, participants will jump into the sea with the icons, and finally take them firewalking to conclude the annual ritual. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIOU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Squid boats from a harbour fishing fleet let off fireworks as they circle the harbour opposite the Bao-an Temple in a harbour cleansing ritual. Each boat carries an icon of the gods and passing in front of the temple acts as the first stage of the blessing ceremony. Later, participants will jump into the sea with the icons, and finally take them firewalking to conclude the annual ritual. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIOU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Squid boats from a harbour fishing fleet let off fireworks as they circle the harbour opposite the Bao-an Temple in a harbour cleansing ritual. Each boat carries an icon of the gods and passing in front of the temple acts as the first stage of the blessing ceremony. Later, participants will jump into the sea with the icons, and finally take them firewalking to conclude the annual ritual. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIOU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Squid boats from a harbour fishing fleet let off fireworks as they circle the harbour opposite the Bao-an Temple in a harbour cleansing ritual. Each boat carries an icon of the gods and passing in front of the temple acts as the first stage of the blessing ceremony. Later, participants will jump into the sea with the icons, and finally take them firewalking to conclude the annual ritual. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIOU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Members of a fishing village's temples jump into the harbour while carrying icons of the gods in an annual harbour cleansing ritual. The event acts as a blessing to the fishing fleet for the coming year, and takes place on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIOU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Members of village temples in a fishing village carry God icons across hot coals during the annual harbor cleansing ritual. The event takes place on the 15th day of the Chinese lunar year, and aids in ensuring an auspicious year and safety on the water for the fishing fleet. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIOU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Members of village temples in a fishing village carry God icons across hot coals during the annual harbor cleansing ritual. The event takes place on the 15th day of the Chinese lunar year, and aids in ensuring an auspicious year and safety on the water for the fishing fleet. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIOU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Members of village temples in a fishing village carry God icons across hot coals during the annual harbor cleansing ritual. The event takes place on the 15th day of the Chinese lunar year, and aids in ensuring an auspicious year and safety on the water for the fishing fleet. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Preparing hot coals for a ritual where local temples will carry God icons across the fire. The annual harbour cleansing ritual is to ensure safety at sea and a bountiful catch in the year ahead, and takes place on the day of the first full moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
YEHLIOU, TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 2016/02/22: Members of village temples in a fishing village carry God icons across hot coals during the annual harbor cleansing ritual. The event takes place on the 15th day of the Chinese lunar year, and aids in ensuring an auspicious year and safety on the water for the fishing fleet. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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On the day of the first full moon in the lunar calendar, local Taiwanese residents conduct an unusual harbor cleansing ritual.

God icons are carried by boat and then taken into the water before finally being carried through hot coals.

The purpose of the ritual is to bring good luck for the year ahead.

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