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Taiwan celebrates Ghost Month

Taiwan has celebrated the beginning of Ghost Month with a series of performances, parades, and symbolic gestures. Dragon and lion dances were performed before a ceremony was staged to release water lanterns into the sea in the village of Keelung. Paper houses were burnt at sea to retrieve ghosts and lonely spirits of the underworld through waterways leading back to land as part of a Pudu (universal salvation) ritual. It is believed that on the fourteenth day of the seventh lunar month, the gates of the underworld are opened for the spirits of the departed to come back to the land of the living for a month long period of universal salvation.

Taiwan celebrates Ghost Month
A Dragon and Lion dance is performed before a ceremony releasing water lanterns into the sea to celebrate the mid-summer Ghost Month Festival on August 20, 2013 in Keelung, Taiwan. Paper houses are burnt at sea to retrieve ghosts and lonely spirits of underworld through waterways leading back to the land as part of a Pudu (universal salvation) ritual. On the 14th day of the 7th lunar month, the gates of the underworld are opened for the spirits of the departed to come back to the land for a month long period of universal salvation in the land of the living. (Getty Images)
Taiwan celebrates Ghost Month
A Daoist ritual master leads a ceremony to beckon the spirits of the dead before releasing water lanterns into the sea to celebrate the mid-summer Ghost Month Festival on August 20, 2013 in Keelung, Taiwan. Paper houses are burnt at sea to retrieve ghosts and lonely spirits of underworld through waterways leading back to the land as part of a Pudu (universal salvation) ritual. On the 14th day of the 7th lunar month, the gates of the underworld are opened for the spirits of the departed to come back to the land for a month long period of universal salvation in the land of the living. (Getty Images)
Taiwan celebrates Ghost Month
A Daoist ritual master leads a ceremony to beckon the spirits of the dead before releasing water lanterns into the sea to celebrate the mid-summer Ghost Month Festival on August 20, 2013 in Keelung, Taiwan. Paper houses are burnt at sea to retrieve ghosts and lonely spirits of underworld through waterways leading back to the land as part of a Pudu (universal salvation) ritual. On the 14th day of the 7th lunar month, the gates of the underworld are opened for the spirits of the departed to come back to the land for a month long period of universal salvation in the land of the living. (Getty Images)
Taiwan celebrates Ghost Month
Participants prepare paper houses prior to their release into the sea to celebrate the mid-summer Ghost Month Festival on August 20, 2013 in Keelung, Taiwan. Paper houses are burnt at sea to retrieve ghosts and lonely spirits of underworld through waterways leading back to the land as part of a Pudu (universal salvation) ritual. On the 14th day of the 7th lunar month, the gates of the underworld are opened for the spirits of the departed to come back to the land for a month long period of universal salvation in the land of the living. (Getty Images)
Taiwan celebrates Ghost Month
Water lanterns are released into the sea to celebrate the mid-summer Ghost Month Festival on August 20, 2013 in Keelung, Taiwan. Paper houses are burnt at sea to retrieve ghosts and lonely spirits of underworld through waterways leading back to the land as part of a Pudu (universal salvation) ritual. On the 14th day of the 7th lunar month, the gates of the underworld are opened for the spirits of the departed to come back to the land for a month long period of universal salvation in the land of the living. (Getty Images)
Taiwan celebrates Ghost Month
Participants carry paper houses to the shore for releasing into the sea to celebrate the mid-summer Ghost Month Festival on August 20, 2013 in Keelung, Taiwan. Paper houses are burnt at sea to retrieve ghosts and lonely spirits of underworld through waterways leading back to the land as part of a Pudu (universal salvation) ritual. On the 14th day of the 7th lunar month, the gates of the underworld are opened for the spirits of the departed to come back to the land for a month long period of universal salvation in the land of the living. (Getty Images)
Taiwan celebrates Ghost Month
Participants prepare paper houses prior to their release into the sea to celebrate the mid-summer Ghost Month Festival on August 20, 2013 in Keelung, Taiwan. Paper houses are burnt at sea to retrieve ghosts and lonely spirits of underworld through waterways leading back to the land as part of a Pudu (universal salvation) ritual. On the 14th day of the 7th lunar month, the gates of the underworld are opened for the spirits of the departed to come back to the land for a month long period of universal salvation in the land of the living. (Getty Images)
Taiwan celebrates Ghost Month
Water lanterns are released into the sea to celebrate the mid-summer Ghost Month Festival on August 20, 2013 in Keelung, Taiwan. Paper houses are burnt at sea to retrieve ghosts and lonely spirits of underworld through waterways leading back to the land as part of a Pudu (universal salvation) ritual. On the 14th day of the 7th lunar month, the gates of the underworld are opened for the spirits of the departed to come back to the land for a month long period of universal salvation in the land of the living. (Getty Images)