Hungry Ghost Festival

The desire for a dignified but simple life is not 'anti-business'

In the article 'Tien slams 'miserly' welfare spending' (September 4), you report that former Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun criticised the government for not spending some of Hong Kong's foreign exchange reserves on alleviating poverty.

Friday, 10 September, 2010, 12:00am

Festivals set to gain national status

Beijing is likely to name four local traditional festivals part of the nation's intangible cultural heritage - the first time Hong Kong has applied by itself to the Ministry of Culture for such recognition.

19 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Blessing and a curse

The wait to collect packets of rice blessed by Buddhist monks turned into a blustery ordeal for hundreds of elderly people yesterday when an amber rainstorm struck.

The organisers of the Hungry Ghost Festival handout at Carpenter Road Park in Kowloon City were accused of 'indirectly abusing' the elderly, but they said they had done their best.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Spook feast

Do you believe in ghosts? Not everyone does, but for those who do there is a time every year in Hong Kong that could make such people anxious.

It's called the Hungry Ghost Festival.

Are these ancestors?

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Tradition of tragedy

Alarmed home affairs officials were scratching their heads about what to do when an elderly woman died after queuing at a rice handout during the Hungry Ghost Festival.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Ban rice handouts?

Following the death of a woman, should the annual tradition of rice giveaways be banned? Besides the death, many elderly people have fallen ill in queues or been injured in rice handout chaos during the Hungry Ghost Festival. Share your views: write to us

4 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Plea to change rice system

Community groups are again being urged to come up with better ways to manage their annual rice handouts to avoid elderly people lining up for hours in the heat.

This follows a string of incidents at rice distribution venues in recent days that have left several people injured or ill.

2 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

More chaos as elderly people queue for free rice

Updated at 6.03pm: Some 15,000 people - most of them elderly - gathered at a Tze Wan Shan playground overnight for traditional free rice handouts, local media reported on Tuesday.

The handouts are an annual ritual of Yu Lan - or the 'Hungry Ghost Festival' - believed by Chinese to bring good fortune.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Elderly people injured during free-rice handout

Updated at 5.43pm: Several elderly people were injured during a free rice handout at a Kowloon City football field, local media reported on Tuesday.

More than 3,000 elderly people had gathered outside the football pitch on Argyle Street, waiting to be given the rice ? which is part of Yu Lan or the ?Hungry Ghost Festival?.

23 Aug 2005 - 12:00am