Keelung Ghost Festival
Understanding the Ghost Festival
The Historical Background
Originating centuries ago, the Ghost Festival is essentially the Asian version of Halloween. But, there’s a twist! This is not about spooky costumes; it’s about honoring spirits and ensuring they find peace.
Legend has it, during this time, the gates of the afterlife open, allowing spirits to roam our world; this is why this festival is also know as the “Ghost Month”
A tad eerie, right? But also, kinda cool!
Keelung's Unique Celebrations
Keelung isn’t just any Taiwanese city. It’s THE city to experience the Ghost Festival.
The Floating Lanterns
Imagine a sky filled with lanterns that are all carrying messages and wishes for the deceased. Stunning and comforting all at once! The streets are bustling with offerings for the spirits, including food, beverages, and even fake money! You have to wonder, huh? What would you leave out for your ancestors?
How to get involved
Get ready to immerse yourself, folks! This isn’t your usual tour. See what this festival is about from a local with your very own keelung ghost tour, or check this map below to see where the festival is celebrated in town. Around the port of Badouzi you will be able to see floating lanterns drifting into the sea, or ceremonies in the streets of keelung.
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Traditional Street Performances
From operas to puppet shows, the streets are a stage! It’s storytelling at its best. More activities include martial arts, children’s activities, and art competitions.
Street Ceremonies: Local Beliefs and Traditions
Chat up with a local, and you’re in for tales of traditions passed down generations. You will find ceremonies in different parts of towns. As each street could have its own small celebration.
The Ghost Market (Miaokou Night Market)
Hustle, bustle, and a touch of the supernatural. Shop for charms, talismans, or just soak in the otherworldly vibes. This market is a great place to go after the ceremonies are complete for a snack.
Absorbing the Atmosphere
Come celebrate with locals and enjoy this unique festival. For a more complete history and information, please visit this Taiwanese site, Keelung Walking Tours.
Coming soon: Top Things To Do In Keelung
Common Questions About The Ghost Festival
The Ghost Festival, or Zhongyuan Festival, usually takes place on the 15th night of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.
Absolutely! While the themes are supernatural, the celebrations are friendly and welcoming.
Yes, Keelung locals appreciate and welcome the interest of tourists, but always remember to be respectful.
While there’s no strict dress code, dressing modestly out of respect for the local customs is recommended.
ertainly! You’ll find delicacies like rice dumplings and special sweet treats, symbolizing blessings and protection.
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