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Taiwan Quick Take: Ghost money ceremony held


Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) presided over a ceremony yesterday to inaugurate a waste incinerator at the Beitou garbage incineration plant in preparation for Taipei's annual municipal "ghost money burning" operation. Taipei has held the mass burning since 2000 -- in which the city allows the public to give their "ghost money" to be incinerated at the plant -- in a bid to reduce the air pollution resulting from ghost money burning, a traditional custom in Chinese societies as an offering to the spirits. The custom normally reaches its peak in Ghost Month -- the seventh month of the lunar calender -- which starts today this year.

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