Taiwan has an interesting tradition: I’m not sure why but when someone dies, especially an older person, the funeral arrangements are very public, especially the actual funeral procession. And no one seems to mind the funeral costs either!

It’s a huge affair with visitors from every neighborhood, every cousin, and even well known local celebrities and politicians are known to attend the funeral.

And the procession is often noisy, colorful and dramatic with a long train of cars, trucks and buses… actually it’s quite a spectacle.

The recent funeral of a prominent gangster in central Taiwan really emphasized that. I’ve found a local video of a funeral parade to show a flavor of what you can expect!