Here in Tempe, Arizona most people are no strangers to the Mexican holiday of Dia De Los Muertos which takes place before Halloween, but did you know that the Chinese have an equivalent holiday on their calendar?
This month, - the gates of hell open- ghosts/spirits come to visit the living world- most Chinese people avoid...
Posted by Chineasy on Friday, August 28, 2015
This month happens to be the "Ghost month" on the Chinese lunar calendar, during which the living mourn the loss of loved ones, although according to my I Liq Chuan kung fu brother Jeff Wong, most people in Chinese culture seldom observe the old customs associated with Ghost Month anymore.
The Ghost Festival (also known as Zhongyuan Festival by Taoists or Yu Lan Pen Festival by Buddhists) is the day to sacrifice to the deceased.
In Chinese culture, it is thought that all ghosts will come out from the hell on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month, so the day is called the Ghost Day and the seventh lunar month is the Ghost Month.
In China, people also have the custom of sacrificing the deceased on the Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, and the Double Ninth Festival. But different from these festivals, the Ghost Festival is the day that all ghosts will come out to visit the livings. Also, people only offer sacrifices to their ancestors and relatives on the above festivals, while during the Ghost Festival, besides ancestors and relatives, people will sacrifice to all the ghosts or spirits. The Ghost Festival is regarded as the most important one among all the festivals that sacrificing the deceased.
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