The Ghost Festival

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Aug 25, 2018 09:39 English Chinese holiday culture ghost 中元節 日記
Today is the 15th day of the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
This day is also know as the "Ghost Festival" (中元節).
Although the Gregorian Calendar is commonly used in East Asia, many traditional holidays still follow the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

It is said that the door to the underworld opens during the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (農曆七月) every year.
This month is also called "the ghost month" (鬼月).
The starving ghosts come to our world during this month, and we have to prepare big meals for them.
We often do that on the 15th of July, which is the Ghost Festival (中元節).

Unlike Halloween, the ghost month is kind of scary.
There are many superstitions during this month.
For example, you had better not hang your clothes (曬衣服) on the balcony at night because evil spirits might go inside them.
Some say that you should avoid doing that because others will be scared if they mistake the clothes for ghosts.



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