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Taiwan celebrates end of 'Ghost Month' with pole climb

Taiwan has celebrated the end of "Ghost Month" with an unusual contest dating back at least two centuries.

According to traditional belief, the seventh month of the lunar calendar, which coincides with late August and early September, is when the gates to the afterlife are opened to allow ghosts to wander freely.

The pole climbing competition is held as part of an ancient festival to appease the dead.

Cindy Sui reports.

  • 10 Sep 2010