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Different shades of Western and Chinese 'ghost festivals'

By Bi Nan (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2015-10-30 14:36 Comments

Different shades of Western and Chinese 'ghost festivals'

Performers tour on the street for the upcoming Halloween in Vancouver , Canada, Oct 18, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

October 31st is Halloween, a Western "ghost festival". Chinese people also have ghost festival which is called "Zhongyuan Festival" or "Hungry Ghost Festival". Stemmed from different cultures, let's see how they are different and how they are similar.

The two festivals, Halloween and Zhongyuan Festival, are both about ghosts, which are believed to be spirits of deceased people. Besides, these ghosts wander back to our life at a certain time of the year, on Oct 31 in Western culture, and on July 15 of lunar calendar in Chinese culture.

However, ghosts are released for no more than two days during Halloween, while it's at least for one month during Chinese ghost festival.

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