Hakaa has a variety choice in their cuisine culture, among which, “Ban” made for different kinds of festivals plays an important role. The culture of Ban starts with praying newborn boys to grow up safely, and New Ding Ban is a symbol to share the happiness with relatives and neighbors, which has been a tradition for Hakka culture ever since. Dongshi area has inherited the culture for decades, and further developed Dongshi New Ding Ban Festival, which is one of the top 12 Festivals prescribed by Council for Hakka Affairs, Executive Yuan. This delicate is a rice dessert made for celebration of new-born son while “Daughter Ban” is for daughter. On Lantern Festival, “Red Ban” is made to thank Gods’ blessing, the dessert will be shared to family and friends after worship to share the happiness.
Furthermore, local residents will hold a competition of making a large, delicious and creative “New Ding Ban” in front of temples, which has been a famous activity to celebrate Lantern Festival in Dongshi.