Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hungry Ghost Festival

Pasir Pinji, Ipoh – September 7, 2010 – The Pasir Pinji Market Committee members carried out prayers in conjunction with Hungry Ghost Festival.

The Hungry Ghost Festival is a traditional Chinese festival and holiday a celebrated by Chinese in many countries. In the Chinese calendar (lunar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month (14th in southern China).

On the fifteenth day the realms of Heaven and Hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhists would perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased. Intrinsic to the Ghost Month is ancestor worship, where traditionally the filial piety of descendants extends to their ancestors even after their deaths.

The committee has been preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper, a paper-made form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors.

DAP was invited by the committee members and the hawker’s of market.YB. M. Kula the MP for Ipoh Barat with the Ex. Clr. Lee Kin Chew, Ex. Clr. Simon Ng, Ex. Clr. Chan Tong Tuan, Pasir Pinji ADUN’s Secretary, Alicia Ng, Ipoh Barat MP Political Secretary, D. Tanabalan and the members from Pasir Pinji Service Centre were involved in the prayers with more than 350 local resident’s and hawkers.

Several Chinese traditional food were served for the ancestor during the prayers. The foods were contributed by the hawker’s at Pasir Pinji markets.

DAP welcomed this type of celebration. Joint celeberation of this event speaks volumes of the local cooperation .

This form of event can even be promoted as a tourist attraction event.

D. Tanabalan

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