The gates of hell are thrown open during the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar and shut on the 30th day after the last ghost is hauled home! The Hungry Ghost Festival or Zhongyuan Jie is a traditional festival held during this period. Throughout the month, home prayers and street events are organized to commemorate and serve dead ancestors. To appease wandering spirits, the Chinese offer prayers, hold banquets filled with sumptuous food and make offerings of joss sticks, paper money, paper gifts and even provide entertainments which include getai (staged shows) and Chinese street operas to entertain these spirits and to keep them out of mischief.
Join our guide Diana Chua to learn about the legends, the rituals as well as the symbolism, associated with this lively festival.
We start with the Buddhist version of the event then we will visit other areas in Chinatown as well as the heartlands to check out the Taoist, and other local ways the festival is carried out.
This tour will run on the night of the full moon. Together with the Dutch network, we can witness the extraordinary local celebrations.
The tour cost includes services of local guide Diana Chua, audio headset, coach travel and a Chinese meal (drinks at own expense)
DRESS CODE: Suitable casual dressing for visiting religious sites. No bare shoulders, low necklines or shorts please. Photography is welcome.
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