Hungry Ghost Festival (7 Aug 2013 - 4 Sep 2013)
From 07 Aug 2013 To 04 Sep 2013
Hungry Ghost Festival
Every August, the Chinese Community prepares for a very traditional festival to pay respects to their dead. They believe, that during this month, the "Gates of Hell" open and the souls of the dead are allowed to freely roam the earth.
To honor the traditional rites, special bins and small altars are set up in both public and private areas to burn paper money, incense sticks and to offer foods such as oranges and cakes.
Its also custom to set up special tents in the streets around the island where believers gather to entertain the spirits with performances such as comedy, puppetry, dancing and singing. But make sure you don't sit in the front row - these seats are reserved for the "special guests you can't see".
The festivities usually take place across the island but are more concentrated in areas such as Chinatown, Redhill and Geylang where you can join a truly local experience.
- Address: Nationwide, China Town, Redhill, Geylang
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