These shots are from the past few weeks during Ghost Month and Yimin Festival. Ghost Month recently ended (and yes, I think I got the date right this time!) which usually signifies the beginning of the school year and the end of summer. While I don’t look forward to the weather changing, I’m excited about starting a new year.
These cards are used for divination or fortune-telling. You roll a certain number, match it with the card, and see what the gods have to tell you. Found at Yimin Temple.
Above left: an altar for ghosts at a Jhubei restaurant. Above right: a scooter drives pass a burning of “ghost money,” meant to be given to the ancestors.
Above: these guys were lighting fireworks out the back of a truck – unfortunately, I only got the end of it with the camera.
Above: a San Tai Zi (三太子) god with what look like “Mickey Mouse” gloves.
These are shots from last weekend at Yimin Temple, Hsinpu, Taiwan. Ghost Month just
ended passed its halfway mark and a major holiday around this time is the Yimin Hakka Festival, a time of remembering ancestors who fought a series of military victories in Taiwan. You can see more about the history of the festival on Culture.TW.
Unfortunatley, I caught the tail end of the Yimin celebration. The main altar for the temple which honors the ancestors was being carried out with much fanfare to go to nearby Jhubei for a large concert.
Above left: A woman takes part in an aerial silk show during the Jhubei concert. A large altar was set up for this performance and aimed at honoring the ancestors’ visit from the temple. This show was full of huge extravagant performances and was completely free for those in attendance – I was lucky enough to get a good spot with the 70-300mm. Above right: Ghost money at Yimin temple, used to burn and offer spiritual “money” to the deceased. This is very common during Ghost Month but also can be seen year-round. The notes usually have a Chinese king with ridiculously high denominations (perhaps 1,000,000) on the bills.
Tonight, I will be taking shots for part two of this post. There will be a contest for a sacrificial pig which will be put on display tonight at the temple. I am looking forward to seeing this as I missed it last year. Notice in the background of the incense above, the pigs put on display. These pigs were actually made out of noodles, interestingly enough – an obvious connection to tonight’s ceremony.
This shot wasn’t used from my post last October showing a persimmon orchard in Hsinpu. It’s a good day trip and certainly popular with Taiwanese photographers.
These are some more random images from Taipei and the visit to Yuling’s grandparents’ house, starting off with a Mother’s Day Dinner – after many of you complained about being hungry from the last post :)
This is PART of the Mother’s Day dinner from last weekend. Yuling’s aunts cooked up a giant meal that left me pretty stuffed. I always end up taking a nap on the drive home for some reason…
Followed by a scene from the Taipei MRT…
…and a colorful fence near a storefront. Happy Wednesday to all!
Yesterday, Yuling and I visited a persimmon orchard which dries the fruit and sells the packaged product to local markets in addition to selling a variety of products on the spot. The farm was located in Hsinpu Town here in Hsinchu County and was surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains. Throw in a sight to behold with thousands of persimmons sitting out in the sun and some very photogenic farm workers who love to ham it up for the camera, and you have a great morning.
As always, my Flickr account has a lot more photos. Click each picture below for a larger size and more choices on how big you want to see each image.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, this was just the start of a long day…