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The Ghost Festival

In Asian countries, we have this Buddhist and Taoist festival which happens on the 15th night of the seventh month according to the Chinese calendar. In 2017, the date when the festival commence is 5th September 2017.

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It is believed that the realms of Heaven and Hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhists would perform rituals to absolve the sufferings of the deceased.

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In this Ghost Month (September), descendants will show their filial piety to their ancestors even after their deaths.

Some of the activities done during this period include ritualistic food offerings, burning incense and burning joss paper, a paper-mâché form of material items which may include items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors.

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