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First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang   Leave a comment


First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

 

The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost FestivalZhongyuan Festival or Yulan Festival (traditional Chinese盂蘭節) is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in Asian countries. According to the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh month (14th in southern China).

In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. Distinct from both the Qingming Festival (in spring) and Double Ninth Festival(in autumn) in which living descendants pay homage to their deceased ancestors, during Ghost Festival, the deceased are believed to visit the living.

On the fifteenth day the realms of Heaven and Hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhistswould perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased. Intrinsic to the Ghost Month is veneration of the dead, where traditionally the filial piety of descendants extends to their ancestors even after their deaths. Activities during the month would include preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper, a papier-mâché form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors. Elaborate meals (often vegetarian meals) would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living. Ancestor worship is what distinguishes Qingming Festival from Ghost Festival because the latter includes paying respects to all deceased, including the same and younger generations, while the former only includes older generations. Other festivities may include, buying and releasing miniature paper boats and lanterns on water, which signifies giving directions to the lost ghosts and spirits of the ancestors and other deities.

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First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang   3 comments


Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Today – 3rd. August, 2016 is the Chinese 1st. Day of the Lunar Seventh Moon that is the month of the Taoist Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang. It also marked the start of Wayang or Chinese Opera Season in my hometown. Thus it is the time for my nocturnal photo-shooting.

SP Lim

Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Start of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

From my unedited photo archives of the Chinese Opera or Wayang   Leave a comment


From my 2011 unedited photo archives of the Chinese Opera or Wayang in Penang during the Hungry Ghosts Festival. Last Sunday marked the start of the Hungry Ghosts Festival world-wide and it shall be a busy photo-shooting season for me as there are a lot of Chinese Troupes in town. Hopefully I can capture as many Troupes as I can like in the past years but my age is slowly catching up.

SP Lim

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