Among the many activities that take place during Ghost Month, the Chiang Ku Festival is perhaps the most amazing. It is also known as “ghost grappling▼.” The event is held in both Yilan and Pingtung on the last day of Ghost Month. The main activity of the Chiang Ku Festival is a race to the top of a large tower.
The tower to climb is called ku peng. The ku peng tower stands at a height of over 10 meters above the ground. The tower is supported by bamboo poles▼. Teams of climbers must make their way up the poles. To make it more difficult, the poles are covered with animal grease▼. Luckily, climbers can use a short piece of rope as a climbing tool. Each team includes five climbers. It takes teamwork to win the race. Because it’s very slippery, they have to climb over each other to reach the platform▼. Then, the one who grabs the flags and gold medals▼ on the top will be the winner. It’s a fun event during Ghost Month, when people respect the climbers as well as the spirits.
1. take place 舉行，發生（ = happen） A huge parade took place this morning. 今早舉行了一場盛大的遊行。 2. event n. 活動；事件 Lily’s birthday party is going to be a big event. 莉莉的生日派對將是一件大事。 3. support vt. 支撐；支持 Timothy’s father will always support him in whatever he wants to do. 不論提摩西想做什麼，他的父親總會支持他。 4. make sb’s way + prep. 某人前往…… They made their way around the city on foot. 他們徒步環遊這座城市。 5. be covered with / in... 被……覆蓋 Shawn was covered in mud after he fell into the pond. 尚恩跌進池塘後全身沾滿了泥巴。 6. teamwork n. 團隊合作 Teamwork is the key to winning the game. 團隊合作是贏下比賽的關鍵。 7. slippery a. 滑的，容易打滑的 The sidewalk became wet and slippery after the rain. 下雨過後，人行道變得又溼又滑。 8. grab vt. 抓住 Chloe grabbed her child’s arm to stop him from running into the street. 克蘿伊抓住她孩子的手臂，防止他跑到馬路中間。
▼ grapple vi. 爭鬥，扭打 ▼ pole n. 柱，竿 ▼ grease n. 油，油脂 ▼ platform n. 平臺 ▼ medal n. 獎牌