Hungry Ghost Festival
Coach tour with dinner
PLEASE NOTE: Clothing MUST cover shoulders and knees, no low cut tops. Wear comfortable footwear that is easy to remove. Bring an umbrella and lots of drinking water.
Date: Tuesday 5 September
Time: 1750-2230 (approx)
Meeting Point: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown
Cost: Members $90, non-members $95 Includes Chinese dinner
Closing for Bookings: Tuesday 29 August
This fascination evening is one of our most popular tours - a great one to share with partners or visiting guests. An enjoyable dinner is included in the price.
The gates of hell are thrown open during the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar and shut again on the 30th day after the the last ghost is hauled home. The Hungry Ghost Festival, or Zhongyuan Jie, is the traditional festival held during this period. Throughout the month, home prayers and street events are organised 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 and gifts and even provide entertainment. This will often include gatai (staged shows) and Chinese street operas which are meant to keep the spirits out of mischief.
We will 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.
Join Diana Chua to learn about the legends and rituals and the symbolism associated with this lively festival.