I have been posting about the Hakka Yimin Festival, which I referred to in a previous post. The second part to this festival was last weekend, and it involves a mix between “Ghost Month” festivities and a chance to remember a series of Hakka military victories in Taiwan.
These are from the Yimin temple as well as neighboring communities, which host loosely organized events throughout the countryside in this part of northern Taiwan. Many of these displays are brought together by the community and wealthier benefactors will help in paying for some performances. A major part of the festival is the sacrificial pig, or “pigs,” which after being butchered and cut are presented as altar-type displays in the streets. Competitions between displays occur, and some people will go to great lengths to make their altar seen.
In addition to these displays are Chinese opera performances as well as female singers on karaoke-style stages.