An opportunity to discover an old Chinese tradition and to explore the Singaporean kitchen, which many consider to be one of the most exciting in the world. This is a festival of colour and burning lanterns, with the streets filled with people burning fake money to please the ghosts. To make sure the ghosts stay out of trouble, outdoor entertainment is arranged throughout the day and night. The Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the seventh lunar month of the Chinese lunar calendar, when …the gates of the underworld open and the dead walk among the living. It is celebrated in most Chinese communities. It is believed that the ghosts wander to seek food on earth and to seek revenge on those who have wronged them in their prior lives. The Chinese celebrate this festival to remember their departed ancestors and to pay tribute to them. Offering food to the dead is believed to please them and to ward off bad luck→
Tea is the most common drink when eating Chinese food, but Chinese beer and wine are also available in a lot of places. Although not a traditional product, grape wine was first mentioned in Chinese poems around 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty. The common word for alcoholic beverages is Jiu, which is rice liquor. This is usually warmed to about 40-50°C, like Japanese sake.
Dragon Seal, Cabernet Sauvignon Changyu, Chardonnay Riesling Changyu-Castel ice wine (sweet wine)
Tsingtao beer Yanjing beer
At The Festival of the Hungry Ghost you will see street acts, mostly Chinese opera, around the clock. This is to keep the Spirits out of trouble. There’s a vast collection of Chinese operas to choose from and the most famous performers would be the Beijing Opera.
This is the time to wear traditional Chinese suits and dresses. Get the cheaper synthetic ones if you don’t want to spend your money on silk. If you have the hair for it, go for a traditional Chinese hairdo.
At The Festival of the Hungry Ghost, it’s a tradition to burn certain things as offerings to the deceased. These offerings are made by burning fake money notes, (which are also known as ‘hell money’) and even paper television or radio sets. Some families also burn paper houses and cars to give to their dead relatives. It’s believed that when the items go up in smoke the spirits can bring them with them to the afterlife and have a more comfortable life among the dead. Decorate your home with paper money, boats, cars and whatever other things you think that your deceased relatives might appreciate. After dinner, light a fire outside and burn the paper items while listening to Chinese opera.
This is a spectacular festival. Traditionally, people didn’t want to let the spirits into their houses. Therefore, most of the festival activities are held outdoors. If you have a back garden and the weather allows, this is the best setting for the festival. But if you’re not superstitious and it’s a bit chilly, you could move the arrangement indoors. Decorate with lots of Chinese lanterns to guide the ghosts and to create the right atmosphere. Gather other items, like large red Chinese silk fabrics, to use as backdrops. Buy a large red tablecloth, Chinese lacquer ware, chinaware, red and black napkins, and fake ivory chopsticks. And don’t forget to arrange the fake money and other paper household items that are going to be burnt.