Sat, Aug
15

Hungry Ghost Festival

Free

The Hungry Ghost Festival comes from the ancient Chinese belief that during the seventh month of the lunar calendar—known as the Ghost Month—both the spirits of your ancestors, as well as other restless spirits, return to roam the earth.

To appease these wandering souls, and pay respect to family members who have passed away, the Hungry Ghost Festival is held on the 15th day of the month. This traditional form of ancestor worship is very strong in Hong Kong, and has been recognised as part of China’s cultural heritage.

In this fascinating tradition, people leave out offerings of food for the hungry ghosts, and light incense and candles to help them find their way back to the afterlife. You’ll also see people on sidewalks, doorways and alleys burning joss paper and fake money from the Bank of Hell, typically in a metal container.

Other interesting paper offerings are effigies of things that the spirits may need or enjoy in the afterlife, such as clothing, food, their favorite pack of cigarettes, and even luxury items such as sports cars and mansions, to make the afterlife more comfortable.

Visitors can observe festival offerings and traditional rituals, watch a blessing ceremony, explore the exhibits, and sample traditional vegetarian food made at this time of year. There are also live performances such as Cantonese Opera and folk dances.

Related Events
  • songkran festival
    Apr 9
    ~
    Apr 15

    Songkran HK

    The biggest festival in Thailand is making its mark in Hong Kong, with Songkran HK now in its fifth year. Songkran HK was created by Hongkongers of Thai descent, who wanted to promote the rich culture of their homeland by […]

    12:00pm – 8:00pm
    Free
  • Tin Hau Festival
    Mon, Apr
    27

    Tin Hau Festival

    With its roots firmly in Hong Kong’s fishing and maritime days, the Tin Hau Festival pays homage to Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea, and revered patron saint of fishermen. There are dozens of Tin Hau Temples across Hong […]

    10:00am
    Free
  • Cantonese Opera
    Late
    Apr

    Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre

    With perfectly painted faces, highly stylised singing, and movements full of symbolism, Cantonese opera is an ancient Chinese performance art form which has been recognised by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage. Every year, in order to promote this unique art […]

    Free
  • tian tan big buddha
    Tue, May
    12

    Buddha’s Birthday

    The birthday of Lord Buddha is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Hong Kong, as well as being a national holiday. This year, Buddha’s Birthday falls on May 12, and Buddhist temples all across Hong Kong hang lanterns, burn […]

    Free