Ghost Festival

12/08/2022 @ All Day –

Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, is a traditional religious festival that is celebrated in Taiwan on August 12, 2022.

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Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, is a traditional religious festival that is celebrated in Taiwan on August 12, 2022.

Taiwan’s Ghost Month is observed in the 7th month of the lunar calendar. For 2022, the ghost month starts from July 29th to August 26th but is officially celebrated on August 12th.

It is said that Taoists and Buddhists believe that the gates of hell are opened for “hungry ghosts” to roam the world of the living in search of food, money, entertainment, and possibly souls. A “hungry ghost” is a being that has been sent to the underworld to suffer an eternal state of hunger for their misdeeds or for not having a proper burial.

There are special activities during Ghost Month which mainly involve burning joss paper (ghost money). It’s believed, that this paper after burning is used by ghosts, that’s why special banknotes, houses, and a paper-mâché form of clothes, gold, and other goods are also burned.

A special loud entertainment show is also organized for the ghosts at night. It usually includes Chinese opera, dramas, and burlesque shows. The shows are very loud because the sound attracts the ghosts. After the end of the festival, people float water lanterns or set them outside of their houses making sure that the ghosts find their way back home.

There are many taboos that have to be remembered during ghost month: never stroll at night, don’t swim, don’t move to a new house or start a new business, don’t hang clothes outside at night, don’t pick up money found on the street, don’t sing and whistle and keep away from walls.

The Taiwan News has written an article about 12 taboos to especially watch out for over Ghost Month.

Look out for the colorful temple parades and captivating performances that may happen across Taiwan on this day!



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