Hungry Ghost Month for the year of the 龙, Dragon commenced，2012 年 8 月17 日, and
昨天，2012 年 9 月 15 日，the “Gates of Hell” closed.
Phew!!!!! Twinglings of somewhat uneasy feelings with the “Gates of Hell” being opened…
The seventh lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar is called “Hungry Ghost Month”,
during this month the “Gates of Hell” are swung open, thereby allowing all ghosts and spirits entry to our realm, the “living” realm…
These ghosts and spirits spend the month visiting their families, feasting on the food and alcohol or chá…. if so inclined, offered by their loved ones.
Those ghosts and spirits that do not have living relatives pay welcome, or,
unwelcome visits, as the case may be, to various living beings.. they too are hungry!
It must be known that Hungry Ghost Month is said to be the most dangerous time of the year, as malevolent spirits are on the prowl to capture souls from the living……
Thus various do-gooders make offerings, usually on side streets to appease these somewhat lonely spirits…
I had the pleasure of experiencing Ghost Month in exuberant香港，XiāngGǎng, Hong Kong.
I along with my 妹妹，mèimei 和 wǒ de 香港，家人，Hong Kong family warmly received a welcome visit by our 香港 deceased family, wǒ de 爷爷，yéye，(Hakka: Agun, English: Granddad), wǒ de Agun’s brother, his wife, and their first born son.
This was a first and fresh experience for me and my little sis, wǒmen de Agun died 15 years ago.
Our last visit to 香港 was 16 years ago, to which allowed us quality time with wǒmen de Agun,
YumChá and DimSum galore… happy happy times,
this occasion was a little more sombre and evoking of heartfelt family feelings,
each of us kowtowed 三 times while holding 三 burning incense sticks，which we carefully placed before our loved ones,
racks of ribs and other favourites, along with some throat warming alchol was given to each of them to feast upon,
paper in the form of items, which they may need… jewellery, clothes, etc. was burned,
oh and of course spirit money was burned…. alotta lotta spirit money was burned.
To present a little glimpse of Hungry Ghost Month, I will display some captured moments…