Hungry Ghost Festival 中元节(也叫“鬼节”)
The Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month.
The origin of the Hungry Ghost Festival and the Ghost Month in China is uncertain. Cultures in Asia from India to Cambodia to Japan share similar beliefs about the month, and these traditions seem to date from before Buddha.
According to Taoism, the gates of hell are opened on the first day of the seventh month, and hungry ghosts are released to find food or to take revenge on those who have behaved badly according to Taoist records.
Family members offer prayers to their deceased relatives, offer food and drink and burn hell bank notes and other forms of joss paper.