On my recent visit to the Taiwanese Jinmen island I had a very unexpected surprise. The annual City God birthday festival was taking place in the island that week  and festivities were grander than ever. The night before the celebrations in Jincheng Town I was surprised to find that the festivities actually begin a day early, as the town was preparing for what I was told was a ghost clearing ceremony to clear the coast for the actual parade the next day.

 

I’ve seen some crazy ghost parades in Taiwan, and this one didn’t disappoint. Gods dancing Gangnam Style, Taiwanese opera, crazy costumes, sexy girls, you name it – they had it. I went around the town a few times with the parade trying to capture the insanity on video, hope it’ll convey the utter chaos that was taking place…

 

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

 

 

We’ll begin with the videos:

 

Gods dancing Gangnam Style

 

Getting started

 

I’m following the parade

 

Women dancing

 

Moving on to photos from the event…

 

Taiwanese Opera

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

 

Temples

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

 

Gods walking/dancing the streets

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

Ghost Clearing Festival : Jincheng Town Kinmen Island

 

That’s the kind of thing I absolutely love about Taiwan. I had a blast.



Tags: city god; city god temple; event; festival; ghost clearing; gods dancing; Jincheng Town; Jinmen; Kinmen Island;


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