|Thursday, 30 August 2012 11:48|
CHINESE rituals to appease hungry ghosts, regardless of whether they are enacted within the Taoist or Buddhist tradition, express the desire of believers to live in harmony with aggrieved and neglected "wandering spirits". These rituals are regarded as acts of compassion from the living towards these unfortunate spirits because they enable them to “move forward” in their evolution.
Zhong Yuan Jie, known in English as the Hungry Ghost Festival, begins on the first day of the seventh Chinese lunar month, which coincides this year with Aug 30, today.
-- Free Malaysia Today