The seventh month (Chinese Lunar calendar) of each year in Asia, especially in China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, is known as the Hungry Ghost month. The Hungry Ghost Festival will start from August 22 to September 19 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar.
The dates, August 22 to September 19, are mostly applied to the Chinese who live in the southern part of China. The rest of the Chinese will practice the Hungry Ghost night on September 4, 2017.
The ghosts and spirits, including the deceased ancestors, will come out from the lower realm (地獄) located in the Northeastern part of the planet. During this month, living descendants will offer incense, offer food to the deceased ancestors, and burn items made from paper mache: clothes, “gold bars,” and appliances.
“Namah Sarva Tathagatha Avalokite Om Sambhara Smabhara Hung.”