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Hungry ghost festival

Posted on: September 11, 2009

“In Chinese tradition, 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. During the Qingming Festival the living descendants pay homage to their ancestors and on Ghost Day, the deceased 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 Buddhists would perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased. Intrinsic to the Ghost Month is ancestor worship, 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-mache form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors. Elaborate 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.”

 

Yes Im a chinese and yes i did “celebrate” the ghost day or so to speak. so yeah we normally just burn joss papers, and paper mache of material items. so here are the pics.

 

02-09-09_1922 Dad starting the fire in the front of the house

 

02-09-09_1923 A close up on the offerings. Notice the small tit bits?

 

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A zoomed out shot of it

 

 

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“Hell/Heaven Notes”

 

 02-09-09_1927

Another close up of afterlife currency

 

 02-09-09_1928

And who sez u dont need money int he afterlife?

 

 02-09-09_1929

Damn man… 1,000,000,000,000…… hell/heaven dollars. Somebody struck a lottery man

 

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Started burning at the back of the house

 

02-09-09_1931

Somebody call 911……

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