Jung Yuan PuDu 普渡 or The Universal Ferry
Jung Yuan Pu Du falls in the middle (15th) of ghost month 鬼月(7th month of the lunar calendar農曆) and is a time when Taiwanese feed all the “good brothers 好兄弟” who have been wandering around for half a month so they won’t cause any trouble for those of us who are still living.
I must admit that i was expecting larger celebrations, maybe some parades and firecrackers, rather than just the tents with mounds of offerings and some readings of scriptures (Nian Jing念經).
Outside of the temples, observances seemed to be pretty much the same as any other lunar first or fifteenth. But larger. more ghost money more food.
What really caught my eye, however, were the paper effigies that presided over the offerings.