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Frolic with the Spirits at the Hungry Ghost Festival

If you don’t want the ghosts to get you next month, you’ll want to read this guide on the Hungry Ghost Festival, which will be held on August 25th.

Halloween may be months away yet, but that doesn’t mean you need to wait that long to get your fix of the spooky and supernatural. This August 25th, you can check out the Zhongyuan Jie or Hungry Ghost Festival, which will be held in a number of Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. But while many people consider the occasion the Chinese equivalent of Halloween, you’ll find that the two actually have very little in common.

Today, we’ll be giving you the rundown of what to expect should you decide to make the trip, to help you make the most out of the experience.

A month-long party—for ghosts

Primarily observed by Buddhists, Taoists, and Chinese folk religion believers, the Hungry Ghost Festival is held on the 15th night of the seventh month, which is regarded as the Ghost Month. During the Ghost Month, the gates of the underworld are said to be open, allowing ghosts to visit the realm of the living in search of food and entertainment.

Naturally, since no one in their right mind wants to end up as entertainment or food for the mischievous ghosts, many of the customs and rituals observed on the night of the Hungry Ghost Festival are meant to either appease the wandering spirits or afford them be...

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