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Festivals in Thailand – Hungry Ghost Festival

Paper offerings – Thailand Hungry Ghost Festival

Do you know that the Hungry Ghost Festival or Zhong Yuan (Por Tor) Festival is an important merit-making event for the ethnic Chinese in Thailand. Since ancient times, the Chinese believe that the gates of hell are open between the 1st and 30th day of the Chinese lunar 7th month. During this period hungry ghost are allowed to wander on earth to look for food. People made offerings to the ghost in the form of special food, flowers, paper money and candles to please the beings. All the Chinese Shrines in Thailand have their own Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations.

Food offerings (Thailand Hungry Ghost Festival)

This year, the Hungry Ghost Festival starts from August 17th and ends on September 15th. The festival celebration is underway in Poh Teck Tung Foundation, the place where people go to donate coffins located in Bangkok’s Chinatown (Yaowarat). It is interesting to note what do people donate to accuminate good Karma for present and next life:

Offerings at Poh Teck Tung Foundation at Yaowarat (Thailand Hungry Ghost Festival)

  • Straw hat symbolising a house for your next life
  • Rice symbolising that you will always have abundant food to eat
  • Noodle symbolising long live

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