Hungry Ghost Festival

When:
August 22, 2017 – September 19, 2017 all-day
2017-08-22T00:00:00+08:00
2017-09-20T00:00:00+08:00
Where:
all over Penang
Cost:
Free

hungry ghost festival 2017The Hungry Ghost Festival falls during the Seventh Lunar Month. This festival is celebrated on a grand scale in Penang.  It is believed that the Gates of Hell are  opened for spirits and ghosts from the netherworld to roam freely in search for food. Therefore, makeshift altars are erected at roadsides where giant joss sticks are lit and food is offered to appease these roaming spirits. Staged opera performances and puppet shows are also conducted at these venues for the entertainment of the ghosts, spirits and the public on a nightly basis.