Penang Hungry Ghost FestivalEvent Date : 03 Aug 2016 - 31 Aug 2016 Updated 21 December 2015
The Hungry Ghost Festival which falls during the Seventh Lunar Month is celebrated on a grand scale in Penang. During this month, it is believed that the Gates of Hell are thrown open for spirits and ghosts from the nether world to roam freely in search for food. Thus, Makeshift altars are erected at roadsides where giant joss stick are lit and food is offered to appease their hunger. Staged opera performances and puppet shows are also conducted at these venues for the entertainment of the ghosts, spirits and the public on a nightly basis.