Friday, September 4, 2009
Hungry Ghost Festival - the Significance
If you were out late the past two nights, did you notice people praying by the roadside, lighting candles and joss-sticks and burning joss-paper and such?
Know what's the significance of that? You might have guessed it. Yep, the offerings are for the hungry and wandering ghosts. Remember this is the month of the Hungry Ghosts and the past two nights were designated prayer days being the 14th and 15th days of the lunar month.
Families who pray and make offerings by the roadside are doing it on a smaller scale partly because they are not in business thus are not participating in the grander scale like the ones in commercial districts of Chinatown or in Penang. In Penang, the whole island is abuzz with this activity. Read about the significnce of the Hungry Ghost Festival in my Malaysia blog. Phor Thor is the local name for this festival.
Penang State Tourism Development, Culture, Arts and Heritage site