The Ghost Festival of China is a Traditional Buddhists ceremony that is celebrated on the 14th day of the 7th month of the Chinese Calendar (10th August 2014).
The ceremonies include special prayers and offering food & drink to the ancestors. Also, on live performances and shows the first row has empty seats reserved for the “Ghosts”.
Fourteen days after the festival, people float small water lanterns in the shape of a lotus flower to guide the “Ghosts” back to the underworld.
Ghost festivals are also customary in other asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Japan.
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