chinese halloween - MyMoon

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Last week I blogged about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and its lunar connection. Today I have another lunar goody, this time from the Chinese culture.

August 10 - September 7 marks the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar. During this time, the Chinese celebrate the "Hungry Ghost Month" festival. This festival is not too unlike our Halloween. As we speak, the gates of Hell have opened and the dead are walking amongst the living in China. At least, that's the traditional belief. Believers in China do very little during this month. In fact, they say it is best to avoid purchasing a house, signing contracts, getting married, or even giving birth during Hungry Ghost Month. However, there are several charms one can possess which will help fend off evil and bad luck. I think MyMoon should send me to China to report on the festivities. This sounds pretty cool.


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