Hungry Ghost Festival
Falling on the 15th day of the seventh month and lasting approximately 30 days, Hungry Ghost Festival—or Ghost Festival—is observed in many East Asian locales. It commemorates the annual opening of the underworld gates, giving spirits free rein to roam around and haunt the living.
In the week leading up to the festival, temples and ancestral halls become filled with people burning incense, and offering fruit and meals to their ancestors.
But how do you stop a less-welcomed spirit from popping in for a visit?