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The meaning behind food offerings during #HungryGhostFestival #Chinese #Tradition

The meaning behind food offerings during #HungryGhostFestival #Chinese #Tradition

Text and Images by Sheere Ng @ Makansutra Standard offering The Hungry Ghost Festival, a Chinese tradition of feeding the wandering spirits during the seventh month of the lunar calendar, began last Friday (the 16th of August) and will last for a month. Hence the feast is on again – meats, fish, fruits, cakes, alcohol for the wandering souls and a separate menu of milk, sweets and tidbits for the “young spirits”. As with tradition, the ghosts get to tuck in first, before the living could be offered its “earthly” leftovers. Sweets for the lost young spirits “This festival is an expansion of Zhong Yuan, the birthday of the ‘Earth’s Official’, who pardons the sins of the dead”, says Mr Chung Kwang Tong, secretary general of the Taoist Federation. (Buddhist refers this day as Yulanpen, which has a different origin.) Traditionally on the 15th day of the seventh month, Taoist pr...

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