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Hungry Ghost Festival

A woman walks near two women burning "Hell Money," during the "Hungry Ghost Festival" in Hong Kong.

Celebrations of the Hungry Ghost Festival

August 26, 2013


The Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated during the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar. During the month-long festival, usually in the summer, People make offerings of food, "Hell money," and paper-made models of items such as televisions, servants and sport cars are burnt to appease the wandering spirits. It is believed that the gates of hell are opened during the month and the dead ancestors return to visit their relatives.