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What is Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore?

The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, Zhongyuan Jie (???), Gui Jie (??) or Yulan Festival (simplified Chinese: ????; traditional Chinese: ????; pinyin: Yúlánpénjié) is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in certain East Asian countries.

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Moreover, what is the purpose of the Hungry Ghost Festival?

It is! The whole seventh month of the lunar calendar is actually called “Ghost Month” when it's believed that the gates of the afterlife open to allow spirits to roam the Earth. It's a very haunted holiday, but the Hungry Ghost Festival is also a celebration to honour ancestors and relatives.

Furthermore, who celebrates Hungry Ghost Festival? Besides Singapore, the Hungry Ghost Festival is also commonly observed in Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Chinese communities in these three regions observe the festival throughout the seventh lunar month with rituals of prayers and offerings.

Also Know, how do they celebrate Hungry Ghost Festival?

The Taoist name for the Hungry Ghost Festival is the Zhongyuan Festival (???), and Buddhists call it the Yulanpen Festival. They perform special ceremonies to avoid the wrath of the ghosts such as putting the family's ancestral tablets on a table, burning incense, and preparing food three times that day.

How long is 7th month?

This year, the 7th month takes place from the 1 to 29 August 2019, with the most important day falling on 15 August.

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