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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...

6 taboos to evade on Lidong in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Wednesday (Nov. 8) is Lidong (立冬), the first day of winter on the lunisolar calendar, and numerology expert Hsiao Meng (小孟) has listed six taboos traditionally observed by...

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...

7 taboos to avoid on Xiaoshu in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Friday (July 7) is Xiaoshu (小暑, minor heat) on the lunisolar calendar, and folk custom expert Yang Teng-kei (楊登嵙) has listed seven taboos traditionally observed by Taiwane...

Taiwan’s Baishatun Matsu completes pilgrimage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — One of Taiwan’s most famous folk traditions concluded Tuesday (Feb. 20) with the Baishatun Matsu pilgrimage finishing a nine-day trip to Yunlin’s Beigang Chaot...

Orthodox celebrate Christmas in shadow of conflict

MOSCOW (AP) — Orthodox Christians packed churches on Friday evening for Christmas Eve services, a holiday darkened for many by the conflict raging between Orthodox neighbors Russia and Ukraine. ...

Taiwan temple gives advice for lucky Year of the Rabbit

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — To overcome challenges and ensure good fortune in the coming Year of the Rabbit in the lunisolar calendar, a Taiwanese temple recommends the devout light special lamps to ...

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...

6 taboos to evade on Xiazhi, summer solstice in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tuesday (June 21) is Xiazhi (夏至), the peak of summer based on the lunisolar calendar, what is known as the summer solstice in the West, and Taiwan has a set of taboos that...

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...

Evacuation request ignored at Guatemala's Pacaya volcano

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano continued to spew columns of ash thousands of feet (meters) into the air Thursday, but residents of hamlets on the volcano’s slopes have largely ignore...

Hualien Amis traditions reflect cultural diversity in Taiwan during Ghost Month

HUALIEN (Taiwan News) -- Demonstrating clear cultural differences, Taiwan's native people celebrate their joyful Harvest Festival while most of the country engages in the somewhat frightening Ghos...

Yilan international children’s folk festival kick offs in northeastern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan Today ) -- The Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival is set to commence July 6 at Dongshan River Water Park in northeastern Taiwan, offering visitors an ec...