The 7th month on Lunar Calendar is known as “Ghost Month” in Taiwan. On 7/1, the gate to the Underworld will be opened at 11 PM and all of the ghosts and spirits will rush to the world of the living.
Lunar Calendar 農曆
Even during total lunar eclipse, the lunar disk is not completely dark.
Ghost Month 鬼月
the gate to Underworld 鬼門
People honor their ancestor with offerings of food, drinks, and fruits during Ghost Month. Besides, we light incense and burn praying cash for those spirits. Praying cash is their currency in the Underworld.
Tom’s ancestors came to America during the 1800s.
praying cash 紙錢
Furs were once traded as currency.
“Hungry Ghost Festival” is on the 15th day of Ghost Month. This is when “Zhongyuan Pudu” is held in temples all over Taiwan, offering feasts and entertainment to the wandering ghosts.
Hungry Ghost Festival 中元節
Devotees flock to the temples to perform the ritual.
Zhongyuan Pudu 中元普渡
In addition, families and companies also make offerings to the wandering ghost. It’s believed that people are supposed to please ghosts so that they won’t be harassed. Offerings are placed on tables outside of the house, in case the ghosts and spirits enter their homes.
He arranged a luxurious trip to please his son.
If someone is being harassed at work because of their sexuality, they should contact the police.
in case (that) 以防萬一
We put on thick coats in case it’s cold outside.
Talking about sex is a taboo in traditional society.
good brothers 好兄弟
According to the tradition, it’s not appropriate to have weddings or travel plans during this month. Besides, you should avoid whistling because it could attract ghost to your home, which is dangerous. You had better not go swimming because you could be drown by ghosts in water.
This isn’t the appropriate time to discuss this.
Three fishermen were drowned when their boat sank.
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