RTI Radio Taiwan InternationalRTI Radio Taiwan InternationalThe First Annual Ghost Month Cook-off

  • 12 September, 2020

It’s the premier spectacle of the late summer, a tradition dating back centuries that appears on tourist posters advertising Taiwan abroad and always attracts large domestic crowds, too. And it’s been canceled. Despite Taiwan’s success in tackling COVID-19, there are some events, it seems, that are just too big to hold. And this, an annual obstacle course race held to mark "Ghost Month", is one of them. When the event had to be called off, Mr. Lin Lian-sheng, director of the organization that puts it on each year, was left in a difficult position.  The event honors ghosts said to wander the earth during this time of year, and race or no race, they still need to be appeased. After asking the gods for special permission, though, a solution to the problem came: why not hold a Ghost Month cook-off and worship ceremony instead?