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Controversial art at 2024 Taipei Lantern Festival sparks cultural debate

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Works featuring local deities in the 2024 Taipei Lantern Festival have caused a stir for their ghoulish aesthetics. The controversy surrounded a piece titled “Ble...

14 Taiwanese do's and don'ts for Dongzhi

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Friday (Dec. 22) is the Dongzhi (冬至, extreme of winter) Festival or winter solstice based on the lunisolar calendar. Like other Taiwanese festivals, there are numerous tab...

2 tourism duck boats to arrive in northern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Keelung City Government has budgeted NT$50 million (US$1.6 million) to purchase two duck boats to spur tourism, according to city officials speaking at a press confere...

Photo of the Day: Taiwan trolls PLA 'evil spirits'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on Thursday (Aug. 31) posted a meme on social media that mocked Chinese military aircraft that intrude into Taiwan's air defe...

Water lanterns released in northern Taiwan for Ghost Festival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A 169-year-old tradition continued in Keelung with a nighttime parade and the release of water lanterns on Tuesday evening (Aug. 29), celebrating the arrival of the Ghost ...

Taiwan's top salt producer urges calm over hoarding concerns

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan’s release of treated radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has sparked a marked increase in salt purchases in Taiwan, though pa...

18 taboos to heed during Taiwan's Ghost Festival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ghost Festival (鬼節 or 中元節) in Taiwan is on Wednesday (Aug. 30), a time when many Taiwanese send offerings and pray to their ancestors, gods, and ghosts. The Ghost F...

Environmentally friendly alternatives to burning 'ghost money'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Yunlin County's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is encouraging residents to seek environmentally friendly alternatives to burning "ghost money"...

Taiwanese TV drama: beloved shows' past, present, and future

Art imitates life, and life imitates art. In watching television shows, we seek empathy and see the shadows of ourselves in the characters. Such shows also shape national cultures and zeitgeists. L...

Keelung Ghost Festival activities in northern Taiwan to reach climax Thursday night

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Keelung Ghost Festival, a tradition that has been observed for 168 years, will reach its climax on Thursday night (Aug. 11) with a parade and release of water lanterns...

13 unlucky taboos to evade during Ghost Month in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The gates of hell will open this year on Friday (July 29), marking the start of Taiwan's Ghost Month (鬼月), and folk custom expert Yang Teng-kei (楊登嵙) has listed 13 tab...

DUI offenders ordered to clean funeral home in eastern Taiwan ahead of Ghost Month

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Fourteen individuals on Wednesday (July 27) took part in a session to clean a funeral home in Taitung prior to the arrival of the “Ghost Month” as a punishment...

Top 6 Taiwanese don'ts on Dongzhi

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Today (Dec. 21) is the Dongzhi (冬至, extreme of winter) Festival or winter solstice based on the lunisolar calendar, and like other Taiwanese festivals there are a number o...

9 taboos to avoid during Taiwan's Ghost Festival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Ghost Festival in Taiwan is on Sunday (Aug. 22), a time when many Taiwanese send offerings and pray to their ancestors, gods, and ghosts. The Ghost Festival falls halfw...

New Taipei City mayor prays for COVID-19 to stay away with Kuai Kuai snacks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — At the New Taipei City Government’s Ghost Festival prayer ceremony on Wednesday (Aug. 18), Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) wrote phrases such as “Delta, be good and stay...