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Chinese Traditional Religion

Tours help promote Chiu Chow hungry ghost festival in Hong Kong

People take part in the Yu Lan Hungry Ghost Festival at Kowloon City's Carpenter Road Park.Photo: David Wong

On a hot summer evening, a crowd gathers around a paper horse as tall as a man to hear a hair-raising tale of the unlikely.

Sunday, 19 August, 2012, 10:17am

Sceptics mock professor's mother-hugging display

Flamboyant Peking University president Zhou Qifeng has sparked a public debate over filial piety after returning to his ancestral home in Hunan province for his mother's 90th birthday.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rent-a-sweep trade is a grave offence to some

Businesses on the mainland that help people sweep their relatives' graves during the annual Ching Ming festival have come under a media spotlight, and sparked controversy over the commercialisation of filial piety.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Journalist tells of 1,000-day ordeal

When Ching Cheong was a pupil at the elite St Paul's College four decades ago, he made a name for himself as a bit of a troublemaker - not for bad conduct, but for his uncompromising outspokenness.

A head prefect, he refused to read the daily Bible passage for assembly because he was an atheist.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Finding traces of the present in ancient bronze

History is often said to be about studying the past to better understand the present. Nothing could be truer for Professor Chen Zhi of Hong Kong Baptist University.

15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

China: A Religious State

China: A Religious State by John Lagerwey Hong Kong University Press HK$125

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am


Stop blaming the West for all of Chinese society's ills

I refer to the letter by Hermia Lee ('Young people will benefit from ethics', February 21).

She writes that Western values 'dominant in Hong Kong' account for 'compensated dating, pseudo models and higher suicide rates. If our young people had studied Chinese ethics, things might have been different.'

28 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Temple gets hi-tech help to make sure visitors pick the right sticks

Worshippers worried about missing fortune sticks spoiling their readings should proceed to Wong Tai Sin Temple next month, when it introduces a hi-tech system to ensure all sticks are present and correct.

Picking the bamboo sticks from a container to find out what lies ahead is a tradition in Hong Kong.

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

In memoriam

You may have noticed the ancestral tablets that can be found in homes across Asia. They consist of an upright piece of flat wood standing on a wooden pedestal. Both the pedestal and the borders of the tablet bear elaborate designs.

22 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Developer of private cemetery disputes order to demolish

The developer of a private cemetery on a Tai Po island has disputed an order to demolish unauthorised structures on Ma Shi Chau.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Romantic gift sparks a lucrative business

For Chinese romantics looking to light a flame in the hearts of their lovers, Yang Fan has the answer.

28 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Even the dead can't avoid the financial crisis

It seems that it is impossible to escape the economic meltdown even in death - people are buying paper offerings in smaller denominations for the Ching Ming festival this year.

4 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

'Hell money' delivered to police quarters

Police are investigating the delivery of lai see packets containing 'hell money' to 200 flats at the Wong Tai Sin Police Quarters.

A police spokesman said about 20 letters containing 'hell money' lai see packets had been sent to a laboratory for forensic examination.

31 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Millions hail Ching Ming's return

Provincial governments marked the return of the Ching Ming festival to the official holiday calendar with lavish ceremonies yesterday, while millions of people braved traffic jams to sweep the tombs of their forebears.

Ching Ming is a millennia-old festival during which the living pay tribute to their ancestors in a show of loyalty to family and tradition.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Ching Ming festival, once branded superstition, is revived as holiday

The mainland observes the Ching Ming festival, or grave-sweeping day, today as a public holiday for the first time in its modern history.

The central government decided to cut back the week-long May Day break in November and make national holidays out of three traditional festivals. The others are the Dragon Boat festival in June and the Mid-Autumn Festival in September.

4 Apr 2008 - 12:00am