Sunday, November 2, 2008

Chiese Ghost Festival

In China, we do not have like Halloween’s holiday around this time this time. But we have a holiday is similar to Halloween. There are many kinds of ghosts in Chinese culture. They have been believed for a thousands years. One of the famous person said, “Respect ghosts and gods, but keep away from them.” Many people believe in ghosts, but others don’t. The Chinese people often say, “If you believe it, there will be, but if you don’t, there will not.” In our culture, the ghost always is a beautiful young woman. The face changed very quickly from a beautiful girl to a frightening ghost. She looks like fragile and helpless. Such as the Halloween, the Chinese have a holiday. It means that ghosts can go to the world every year for one day. In traditional, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day, which ghosts and spirits can come out from the lower realm and visit the living. At that day, the hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhists would perform to absolve. During the month would include preparing food, burning incense, and burning money. The paper can make for clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits. At this time nights, the children are not permit to go outside, because their soul is so simple. Thus, they can see the ghosts, but the most adults can not. As result, they have the third eye which does not see and is not ordinary between the common eyes. Be careful, if you soul as the child, you will see the different things.

1 comment:

Anna said...

This is very interesting! This holiday sounds more respectful than Halloween!