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Hungry Ghost Festival

Villagers throw paper money from a boat during a ceremony to mark the "Hungry Ghost Festival" off a shore of an outlying island in Hong Kong.

Celebrations of the Hungry Ghost Festival

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.