Hungry Ghost Festival begins today

Seck Chuan Lane Phor Thor Committee volunteers Lim Kok Cheong, 46 (in green) and Ng Weng Sun, 64, preparing the altar in preparation of the Hungry Ghost Festival that begins today (Aug 7) at Seck Chuan Lane. /CHAN BOON KAI/THE STAR/(8th AUG 2013)

GEORGE TOWN: Today marks the first day of the seventh lunar month when the Chinese community believes that hell’s gate will open to allow spirits to roam freely in the human world for a month.

Many households and temples will hold prayer ceremonies throughout the month-long Hungry Ghost Festival (Phor Thor) to appease the spirits.

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