It's ghost month here in Taiwan. This morning we received the following press briefing which we've posted below.
Chung Yuan Festival: The Ghosts Approach the President’s Office
The seventh month of the lunar year is the time when people traditionally pay tribute to the ghosts of departed souls. While it is known as “ghost month” the true spirit of the tribute is to honor the ghosts, spirits and others who protect the common people and the balance of the ten thousand beings.
Unfortunately we have been witnessing a tendency in policy, words and deeds of the government to enclose the farmers, favoring conglomerates and electronics and petrochemical companies, while ignoring the common people of flesh and blood, leaving environmental debt for the next generation to pay, and leaving the nation in ruins and the people impoverished. One can only conclude that the gods and spirits are very agitated.
Thus, on this day of the Pudu (普渡) ceremony (the 14th day of the Seventh Month of the Lunar Calendar, or 24 August of the solar calendar this year), seeing that the Presidential Office is unable to deal with these ghostly agitators, we have invited NIAN Hsi-chieh, as the “Environmental Grand Taoist Master”, to offer up incantations for this year of the “wooden tiger”. We also invite people from all walks of life to join in the ghost and spirit parade encircling the Presidential Office in a demonstration of the peoples’ utter disgust and disappointment with this sorry excuse for a government.
Time: Tuesday 24 August 2010 2 pm
Place: Presidential Palace (in front of the Taipei Guest House just south and from the MRT National Taiwan University Hospital Station
Sponsoring Groups: Matsu’s Fish Conservation Union (Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association Taiwan, Taiwan Academy of Ecology, Taiwan Sustainability Union, Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, Yunlin County Wild Bird Federation, Changhua Coastal Protection Union), Changhua County Environmental Protection Union, Green Party
Contact: Ms. WU Meng-chun 0963-324676, Ms. GAN Chen-yi 0928-926180
A few photos- Chung Yuan Festival: The Ghosts Approach the President’s Office