Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hungry Ghost Festival in Malaysia


Hungry Ghost Festival is one of the most important celebration to be celebrated by Chinese communities in Asia, including my home country in Malaysia as well. It occurs during the seventh month of the Chinese calendar every year and is celebrated for 15 days. I managed to catch a glimpse of the Hungry Ghost Festival celebration in my neighbourhood recently.

According to Chinese traditional belief, the gate of hell are opened during the seventh month of the Chinese calendar thus, the ancestors and the spirits wander around the streets and visiting their families for food and entertainment. In order to appease the hungry spirits, the Chinese communities pray and show their respects to the ancestors and visiting spirits by offering the burning incense, joss sticks like the shape of dragons as well as burning the paper formed (mock) currency,  miniature house, vehicles, clothing, mobile phones, latest gadgets etc. for the spirits' use in the other world. 

Apart from that, some Chinese neighbourhood hold some Chinese Opera shows and live entertainment shows at nights to entertain the ghosts / spirits with the entertaining shows and lavish cooked food on the front row of the seats which are left empty for the wandering souls.


Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated by Chinese in Malaysia and other countries in Asia region
Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated by Chinese in Malaysia and other countries in Asia region


Preparing ritual offerings and paying respect to the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Preparing ritual offerings and paying respect to the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Preparing ritual offerings and burning incense to the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Preparing ritual offerings and burning incense and joss stick in the shape of dragon, to the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Food offering for the ancestors and the passing ghosts during Hungry Ghost Festival 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Food offering for the ancestors and the passing ghosts during Hungry Ghost Festival 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Preparing offerings, burning incense and joss sticks to the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Preparing offerings, burning incense and joss sticks to the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Paper formed burning of an aeroplane for the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Paper formed burning of an aeroplane for the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Paper formed burning of houses and clothes for the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Paper formed burning of houses and clothes for the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Paper formed miniature boat, clothes and cars burning for offering to the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Paper formed miniature boat, clothes and cars burning for offering to the ancestors and visiting spirits during Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


 A news clip highlights The hungry ghost festival "The Chinese Version Of Halloween" (Source: BBC News via youtube)



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