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Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival
July 10
17:29 2014

Date: 27 July – 24 August 2014

Venue: Along Streets of Penang, mainly George Town

The Hungry Ghost Festival which falls during the Seventh Lunar Month is celebrated on a grand scale in Penang. During this month, it is believed that the Gates of Hell are thrown open for spirits and ghosts from the nether world to roam freely in search for food. Thus, makeshift altars are erected at roadsides where giant joss sticks are lit and food is offered to appease their hunger. Various prayers, religious activies, opera performances and puppet theaters will be conducted through out the month at various venues on a nightly basis.

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