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Monday, July 19, 2010

Hungry Ghost Festival is Nearing

The Hungry Ghost Festival is coming up first before the Moon Festival.  This festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month. For our regular calendar, that is on August 24, 2010.

It's still a month off but humor me as I add some blog posts about information on this Chinese festival.

For starters, it was believed that the gates of the underworld are opened on the 7th month.  Hungry ghosts can now roam the earth when the gates are opened.  To appease these forgotten souls, the Chinese give offerings to these souls on the fifteenth day of the month.  Offerings of food and joss sticks are placed along the roadsides and temples.  These offering are not eleborate like the ones offered for family ancestors.

If you'd like to learn more about the Hungry Ghost Festival, please visit our main site. 

More next time.



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