In Chinese tradition, the middle of the seventh month is the ghost month where the ghosts and spirits come back to visit. The ‘temples’ for the festival were constructed out of bamboo and tin sheets. These structures can be assembled and taken apart in a matter of days.
During the festival the living descendants pay homage to their ancestors by burning incense, paper money, and leaving food in front of alters.
The food was prepared on site, anyone interested can join in on the feast.
There was also an auction on the side. The host is very extremely loud and was competing for attention with the main show.
There was a golden alter on the side and during intermission another set of performers dressed in black and ran in circles…for 10minutes.
The elderly people enjoying the show or catching up with friends.
The primary objective of the show is to provide entertainment for the dead, hence they are always performed at night. There are lots of lot banging and high pitch noise, apparently it attracts the ghosts (wonder how they found out?!).
I think they did very well with the make-up and costumes. Personal favorite is the guy on the right (I assumed he’s the bad guy!).
As a kid, I often walked by these festivals with my mom. Even though I didn’t understand any of the rituals or the foreign dialects, it was interesting to re-visit these very traditional practices.