The Hungry Ghost Festival - Zhong Yuan Jie - 中元节

Zhong Yuan Jie (中元节), the Hungry Ghost Festival, is often compared to Chinese Halloween. Falling on the fifteenth night of the seventh lunar month, it is believed that on this night the gates of the afterlife are opened for spirits and ghosts to return to the world of the living.

What is the Hungry Ghost Festival? The Hungry Ghost Festival is quite similar to traditional Western beliefs regarding Halloween: that is, on "Ghost Night" (the 15th night of the 7th lunar month), the gates to the afterlife are opened, and ghosts are allowed to visit and wander the Earth.

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