【Rituals】 Experiencing the Keelung Ghost Festival
The Ghost Festival in Keelung, maintained for more than a century, is one of the most complete traditional rituals in Taiwan.
From the first day of the 7th lunar month, the Door-Opening Ceremony (kāikānmén) represents the ghosts being able to leave from the realm of the dead;
the 13th day of the 7th lunar month, the clan associations hold a parade called “ying dou deng” in Keelung City, exhibiting dipper lanterns bearing their clan surnames, with a music battle between two music groups: “xi pi” group and “fu lu” group;
the 14th day of the 7th lunar month, go to Wanghaixiang Harbor in Badouzi and understand the deeper meaning of the parade of water lantern release;
to the 15th day of the 7th lunar month, "pu du" shows humanity through the offerings prepared for ghosts…
Every ritual has its own traditional meaning and characteristics. Through our 3-hour tours, we can bring you to the ceremony spots and understand the core values of the Ghost Festival.
【Private Tours】Come and Join us! Get Insight into the History of the Keelung Ghost Festival
We’ve held tours about the rituals of the Ghost Festival, and we keep exploring and piecing together stories of the Ghost Festival in Keelung. Visit and enjoy our in-depth private tours and get insight into the history of the Keelung Ghost Festival.
#Past Private Tours
In 2019: Introduction: The Origin of the Keelung Ghost Festival
In 2020: Never Forget About You: Armed Conflict over Music between “Xi Pi” Group and “Fu Lu” Group in the Festival
In 2021: Combating Pandemic: How Keelung Communities Reacted to Wars, Pandemic and Armed Conflicts One Hundred Years Ago