Ghost Pole Climbing in Toucheng
After arriving in Taiwan, the Chinese people were frequently killed by natural disasters, manmade calamities or diseases, and thus it was customary to hold “pudu” during the seventh month of Chinese lunar calendar to console the spirits of those who had died. The ghost pole climbing event in Yilan is a ceremony held before the end of “pudu”. After “pudu”, the ghosts are supposed to return to where they came from, and thus the massive crowd at the ghost pole climbing ceremony is intended to scare away the ghosts and cast them back to the underworld. According to legend, the “ghost pole climbing” ceremony in Toucheng began in the years of Emperor Daoguang, and it remains the largest ghost pole climbing event in Taiwan today, taking place at midnight on the last day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.