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  • 1. 中元節 Chinese Ghost Festival Celebrations in China And around the World
  • 2. 中元節 - About
      • Also called the Hungry Ghost Festival
      • During the 7th month- 15 th day is the most important
      • It is believed that the dead can cross over in to the living realm during this time
      • People believe they are visited by ancestors
  • 3. 中元節 - Celebrations and Customs
      • 7th day- feasts are prepared for ghosts
      • Burning fake money and paper items (TV's, furniture, etc.)
      •   Street Opera performances- front row left open for ghosts
  • 4. Celebrations and Cutoms- Cont.
      • Shops close so the streets are open for the dead to pass
      • Some float water lanterns to light the way for the dead
    • Advised not to-
      • Go swimming
      • Wander around late at night
      • Get married, start a business, etc.
  • 5. The Oban(Festivals of the Lanterns
      • The Oban is celebrated in Japan every year in the month of August.
      • This is when the souls from the dead go back to the living world to visit their relatives(Similar to the Chinese Ghost Festival).
  • 6. The Oban(cont'd)
      •   People would put food offerings in the temples and their houses for the souls.
      •   When the sun has set, the people would put lanterns in front of their houses to guide the souls back to their homes.
    •  
  • 7. P'chum Ben -Cambodian Celebration
      • Cambodian Buddishts celebrate P'chum Ben on the 10th month of the Lunar calendar.
      • It is celebrated for 15 days with many entertainment such as music, speeches, and food.
      • People wear their finest clothes on this day and meet up with friends and family.
    •  
  • 8. P'chum Ben-Cambodian(cont'd)
      • The first 14 days people would prepare food offerings and bring them to the temple to give to the monks and to their ancestors.
      • On the 15th day, they would bring in special treats to end the festival and also cook batches of rice to lay on the ground for hungry ghosts going around.
  • 9. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican Holiday that is meant to be a memorial for ancestors that have passed away. It is also celebrated by Latinos living in the United States and Canada. It occurs annually on November 2 nd .
  • 10. BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS
      • It is believed that during the holiday it is easier for souls to visit the living.
      • People go to cemeteries to communicate with those who have passed away.
      • Build private altars containing photos, food, and other items to honor the departed.
  • 11. BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS (CONT’D)
      • For children who have passed away, toys are brought to there shrines. For adults, they get alcoholic beverages.
      • Some families spend time at the altars telling stories about the deceased relatives.
      • Dancers where shells on there clothing to awaken the dead.
  • 12. BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS (CONT’D)
      • The symbol of this holiday is a skull or Calaveras.
      • Calaveras can also be poems or comic strips. They originated in the 18 th Century .
      • During this holiday, certain foods are usually prepared such as sugar skulls and pan de muerto which is sweet bread.
      • Sugar skills are edible “gifts” that can be self decorated. They can be given to both the living and the dead.
  • 13.  
  • 14. Sources http://www.chinese-culture.net/html/hungry_ghost_festival.htmlhttp://www.essortment.com/all/hungryghostfes_opi.htm http://www.chinavoc.com/festivals/ghost.htm   http://www.religionfacts.com/chinese_religion/holidays/ghost_festival.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_dead http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CemetarioAlmoloyaRio1995.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gran_calavera_el%C3%A9ctrica2.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2141/2068068746_21b31d8c5f.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ofrenda_in_Ciudad_Universitaria,_Mexico_DF_.jpg http://www.planetvideo.com.au/blog/2008/11/01/Camisa_de_los_Muertos7ngDetail.jpg http://media.photobucket.com/image/day%20of%20the%20dead/acootis/Day%20of%20the%20Dead/Day_of_the_Dead.jpg
  • 15. Sources
    • &quot;Not Just Halloween: Festivals of the Dead from around the World.&quot; EDSITEment . Oct. 2004. Web. 28 Aug. 2009. <http://edsitement.neh.gov/monthly_feature.asp?id=80 >
    • http://www.planetvideo.com.au/blog/2008/11/01/Camisa_de_los_Muertos7ngDetail.jpg
    • http://media.photobucket.com/image/day%20of%20the%20dead/acootis/Day%20of%20the%20Dead/Day_of_the_Dead.jpg
    • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/WatMohaMontreyAtPchumBen.JPG 
    • http://www.underthedragon.com/79_Caption7_PchumBen.jpg