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Celebrating Ullambana: The Original Hungry Ghost Festival

The 15th day of the 7th Lunar Month is an important date for Buddhists and Taoists alike. For Taoists, the highlight of the month-long Hungry Ghost Festival is to appease wandering spirits and hungry ghosts who are released from Hades by Tai Su Yah. Many Chinese regard the Hungry Ghost Month as an inauspicious one, and much of the folklore surrounding this festival is filled with age-old rituals, customs and taboos to avoid offending wandering spirits. On the contrary, Buddhists celebrate the 7th Lunar Month as Ullambana or Yu Lan Pan (in Mandarin). It is believed to be a month of auspiciousness as this is the time to honour our dearly departed by generating as much merits as possible to help them take better rebirths in the upper realsm of existence. Buddhists further believe that the best rebirth is a human one as humans, amongst all the Six Realms of Existence, are blessed with the necessary faculties to study, understand and practise the Dharma.   The Origins of Ullambana The Ullambana Festival began as a filial son’s wish to liberate his deceased mother’s sufferings. According to the Ullambana Sutra, Maudgalyayana, one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s chief disciples, began to think deeply […]



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