Yamin Zhang (Peter)
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Learning Article : Ghost Day (中元节): A Chinese Festival Similar To Halloween

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Ghost Day falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. In Western Culture, Halloween is the day where all things spooky make their way past the graveyards and into the homes of the frightened little ones. In China, Ghost Day (中元节) fills the halls of Chinese homes every August...

Aug 5, 2014 12:00 AM
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Thanks for sharing! SO interesting!
October 28, 2019
It's very interesting how many cultures seems to have some kind of dead's day. Here in Brazil we have the day that is called "Dia de finados", in Portuguese, that is on the 2th of November. I am very sure Mexico also have a day for the deads, as many other countries. 
April 19, 2019
Thanks for this information! It's very interesting! I'm going to China this May... your culture is so respectful, interesting, magic and attractive!!!

February 13, 2018
Yes, an interesting time here in Singapore too... it's late August as I write.  There are temporary bins set up all over the place for burning offerings.  Everyone is talking about "Hungry Ghost MONTH" rather than just a day, and a taxi driver I was talking to a few days ago even reckons its more like 45 days!

A colleague of mine who's a sociologist has been studying it in Singapore.  It was fun to learn that it's not only "hell money" that gets burned to send to ancestors in the underworld, but cars, ipads, soft drinks and all manner of other comforts.  Check out his video he made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icTBfBolSK0&feature=youtu.be

He also did an interview for a local newspaper: http://www.todayonline.com/entertainment/understanding-hungry-ghost-spiritual-spaces-singapore

August 27, 2017

Hello Peter ! Is it possible to read your article in Chinese ? It would be great. 

Thank you very much.


June 22, 2015
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