The fifteenth day of the seventh month according to Chinese lunar calendar

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In ancient times, it was called Zhongyuan Festival and commonly termed as Ghost Festival. On this day, common folks would set a table wth sacrificial objects and burn mock bank-notes to pay homage to their ancestors. Wealthy families would hold a Menglan meeting and invite monks to redeem lost souls by chanting sutras. In the course of paying homage to ancestors, egg-plants are cut into slices and fried lightly together with flour, resulting in “Egg-plant cakes” which are said to be used as rations for ancestors to attend Menglan meeting. On that very evening, lotus-flower lanterns in five colors would be put on the river, commonly called “Zhaihegu” which is said to be able to rescue lonely souls and wild ghosts in the river.  

 

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