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Get to know one of the four traditional Chinese festivals of sacrifice by going through this PPT
Four traditional festivals of sacrifice • • 除夕 Chinese New Year's Eve 清明 Tomb-Sweeping Day 重阳节 Double Ninth Festival 中元节 Ghost Festival
zhōnɡ yuán jié 中元节 The opening of the gates of Hell, permitting all ghosts to receive food and drink. • 时间：农历七月十五日 ɡuǐ jié • • yú lán pén jié 鬼节、盂兰盆节 buy miniature paper boats release laterns on water offer food and drinks
It also falls at the same time as a full moon. During this month, the gates of hell are opened up and ghosts are free to roam the earth where they seek food and entertainment. These ghosts are believed to be ancestors of those who forgot to pay tribute to them after they died, or those who were never given a proper ritual send-off.
Family members offer prayers to their deceased relatives, offer food and drink, people bring samples of food and place them on an offering table to please the ghosts and ward off bad luck.
• Burn hell bank notes and other forms of joss paper. Joss paper items are believed to have value in the afterlife, considered to be very similar in some aspects to the material world.
• Lotus-shaped lanterns are lit and set afloat in rivers and out onto seas to symboliclly guide the lost souls of forgotten ancestors to the afterlife.