Western Halloween and Chinese Ghost Festival are not just different in their names
Halloween is coming.
Frank the tour guide reads posts about decoration ideas for Halloween and compares the Western Halloween with Chinese Ghost Festival.
Actually their duration, aim, ceremony, customs and decoration are very different.
Frank is going to share the differences between the Western Halloween and Chinese Ghost Festival in this post.
Frank can share more differences between Chinese and Western culture with clients during his private car tour in Hong Kong, where East meets West harmoniously!
Different duration, aim, ceremony, customs and decoration between the Western Halloween and Chinese Ghost Festival
The Western Halloween’s duration is short.
Ghosts can enjoy freedom for one day only!
Although the exact date of Chinese Ghost Festival is in the mid-July in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, ghosts in Chinese culture can enjoy freedom for about a month!
So Chinese mostly won’t get merry and renovate their homes in the 7th month of Chinese calendar to avoid bad luck.
At first, during Halloween, Westerners aim at expelling the ghosts by wearing the masks to scare them. (although now the Halloween is mostly for fun!)
However, Chinese goal in Ghost Festival is to respect and appease the lonely and hungry ghosts.
Thus people burn paper money and offer cold food (ghost cannot eat hot food!) for them on the street.
Halloween now is mostly a carnival in the West. People dress up like ghosts, vampires, skulls to intimidate the spirits.
Chinese Buddhist and Taoist religious groups in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan have the big Ghost Festival ceremony to placate the lonely and hungry ghosts after getting donations from the public.
Participants think that they are having a ceremony for the ghosts.
There are real foods, paper clothes etc. waiting for the ghosts at the venue.
The Chinese opera music performance at the venue is for the ghosts to enjoy in theory.
Western kids have trick-or-treating custom to ask for candy house after house.
For Chinese, the Ghost Festival customs are mostly the taboos.
Chinese are unwilling to get out in the Ghost Festival Month in the evening to avoid contact with the spirits.
During Halloween, the price for pumpkin may rise because Westerners use it to decorate their homes.
Chinese use pumpkin to make the delicious dessert, but that is not related to the Ghost Festival and Chinese has no decoration for the Ghost Festival.
Frank the tour guide shares differences between Chinese culture and Western culture with his clients during his private car tour
Chinese culture meets Western culture in the international city Hong Kong harmoniously.
Frank the tour guide is going to share the differences between Chinese culture and Western culture with his clients during his Hong Kong private car tour service.
Frank hopes he can serve you in 2021!