Elderly man dies after falling into ghost money fire

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- While burning joss paper for lost souls, an elderly man lost his balance and fell into the pyre suffering burns that ultimately took his life in New Taipei City's Jinshan D...

Ghost Month: Why Hungry Ghosts are Bad for Business

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- We are in the final stretch of the Hungry Ghost Month this year in Taiwan, and people have undoubtedly heard lots of talk about all of the taboos and measures for good luck. ...

How to pray on Hungry Ghost Day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today is Hungry Ghost Day (中元節), the 15th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar which marks the peak of Ghost Month (鬼月), a time when many Taiwanese provide offerings and ...

Tainan City Encourages Cross-Cultural Understanding Through English Friendly Temples

Tainan City is attempting to open a novel conduit to facilitate global understanding. In keeping with Mayor William Lai’s vision to use English as a springboard toward becoming a world city, Ta...

Top 10 things to do during Ghost Month

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today marks the first day of Ghost Month (鬼月) and because Taiwan news listed 25 things not to do during Ghost Month, it is now time to consider the to do list during this spiri...

Carrefour Taiwan rolls out deep discounts for Zhongyuan Ghost Festival

As the annual Zhongyuan Ghost Festival is fast approaching, Carrefour supermarket chain is launching a month-long sale, offering up to 60 percent off on more than 40,000 items. Besides the regula...

Hell to pay: Taoist gods take to Taipei streets to protest curbs on burning offerings

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Over 10,000 members of 100 temples from across Taiwan converged on the streets of Taipei yesterday to protest against measures taken by the government to reduce the burning of ...

Religious leaders incensed over rumored incense ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Government-imposed restrictions on burning incense and joss paper is an initial endeavor to protect the environment but will not interfere with the practice of religious f...

Joss paper store owner threatened with NT$100,000 fine for burning ghost money

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A store owner of a joss paper (金紙) shop, which had been open for more than 20 years, was recently told by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector that he could be fi...

Online retailers seek to capitalize on family pet market for Tomb Sweeping Day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- This year for Tomb Sweeping Day, or Qingming Festival (清明節), some residents of Taiwan may honor more than their ancestors as entrepreneurs look to capitalize on the pet market ...

Fast and Furious: Tomb Sweeping Day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A netizen on Breaking News Community (爆料公社) posted photos of a full scale, yellow paper model of a Lamborghini with intricate detail created to honor their ancestors, all to be...

Boat burning ceremony held in Tainan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Jiali Jintang Temple in Tainan's Jiali District held the rare Wang Yeh boat burning ceremony this morning at 10 a.m., breaking a record for the number of offerings give...

Taiwan veterans' protest against unfair-pension reform turns violent

Taipei (Taiwan News)—Veterans protesting against unfair-pension reforms threw smoke bombs, eggs, and joss paper in front of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) Friday. More than 50 veteran...

Taiwan's Hakka 'Dragon Bombing' dance to end with a bang

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Miaoli Hakka Lantern Festival's "Dragon Bombing" (火旁龍) tradition, in which dragon teams dance for fortune and glory under a maelstrom of fireworks, is one fou...

Thousands protest against unfair-pension changes

Taipei, Taiwan - Thousands of protesters -- mostly retired military personnel, civil servants and public-school teachers -- gathered on Ketagalan Boulevard Sunday morning chanting slogans against prop...