Wednesday marked the 15th day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar, so many families and companies are busy preparing offerings for the “Pudu” ceremony for Taiwan Ghost Festival.
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which follows local customs, also offered foods and burned joss paper for the wandering spirits; however, among the paper money offered, U.S. dollars were present, greatly amusing eagle-eyed social media users.
In a post on Facebook, AIT wrote: “What did your family do for ‘Zhongyuan Pudu’? The AIT community enjoys opportunities to participate in Taiwan’s local culture! This year, we held a ‘Zhongyuan Pudu’ honoring ancestors during the ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’ by preparing a feast for the wandering spirits. Check out what we prepared!”
AIT prepared an abundance of offerings, including dried fruits and vegetables, cooked food, and also multi-colored food that symbolize the five elements. The tables were also of different heights, with bowls of cabbage, buns, and radish pork-ball soup, gaining the approval of Taiwanese citizens for the A-plus effort.
Within two hours, the post had garnered more than 10,000 likes, and many commented below, “It’s so nice to see you guys holding incense,” “Praise to the AIT for the ‘local’ touch,” and “I didn’t know there was U.S. dollar joss paper!”