The Hungry Ghost Festival is a religiously significant festival in Singapore that takes place during the seventh month of the lunar calendar. It is a month-long festival in which Buddhist and Taoist devotees perform rituals and offer prayers and foods to the wandering spirits. During this month, the living pay tribute to the deceased ones and the entire Lion City becomes lively with entertainment shows and traditional events.
Also known as the Yulan Festival, Gui Jie, or the Zhongyuan Jie, this festival is an attestation to the fact that the hyper-modern city is still in touch with its rituals and traditions. Devotees and curious travellers are bound to have a grand time at this festival. With joss sticks filling up the air with fragrance to papier-mâché items burning all over Chinatown, there are numerous ways in which the Hungry Ghost Festival offers a unique experience to all the visitors. Along with that, the ritualistic food offerings and entertainment shows are also worth exploring. During this festival, the locals abide by a set of rules as there are many taboos associated with this traditional festival.
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