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Ghost Festival in Keelung (Held for 156 consecutive years)

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Date: 
August 6, 2013 (All day) - August 21, 2013 (All day)

Position:

Keelung Public Square

Large-scale Pudu ( 普度, universal salvation) ritual held for ghosts and spirits in the lunar 7th month yearly in Keelung (基隆) city. It falls mostly in August, and is one of the twelve major annual festivals listed by the Tourism Bureau, Executive Yuan.

The Mid-summer Ghost Festival in Keelung lasts for one month, commencing with the rite of opening the ghost gate (開龕門) in the afternoon of the first day of the lunar 7th month in the Lao Da gong temple, and runs until the rite of closing the ghost gate (關龕門) in the evening of the first day of the lunar eighth month.

The 14th and the 15th of the lunar 7th month are the midpoint of Keelung Mid-summer Ghost Festival. Water lanterns are the highlight of the procession, while zhentou (陣頭, floats and folk theater processions) are another feature event.The route winds along main roads in Keelung city , and the ritual of releasing water lanterns takes place on Badouzi Wanghai Lane (八斗子望海巷).

The Pudu ritual takes place in the evening of the 15th and the ritual of tiao Zhong Kui (鍾馗, King of the ghosts), the yagu (押孤, to exorcise evil spirits and beseech them to stay away from the human world), is to be held at 11 pm after Pudu.

Location

Zhong 1st Rd., Ren’ai Dist.
Keelung City 20041
Taiwan
25° 7' 47.1072" N, 121° 44' 24.558" E