The Ghost Festival takes place each year on the 15th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar. That was yesterday! In Chinese legend, this is the time when the gates to heaven and hell are opened and ghosts and spirits, as well as ancestors, are able to roam around.
Tens of thousands of people gathered by the Zijiang River in Guilin to set loose lanterns, which are supposed to help the deceased find their way in the mortal world. The lanterns filled up the river as people watched them float away and prayed and sang for their loved ones.
In the past, Ghost Festival celebrations haven’t exactly been environmentally-friendly, leaving behind burnt debris in the street and heavy smoke in the air. But the floating lanterns haven’t seemed to cause any great damage (yet).
Hopefully the ghosts are friendlier than this one.
By Sarah Lin
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