Chinese Traditional Festival: What is the difference between ZhongYuan Jie (Ghost Festival) and Halloween?


    Halloween is known as a festival in North America and Europe, and it is also known as a ghost festival in China, so what is the difference between Halloween and Zhongyuan Festival?


    The difference between Halloween and ZhongYuan Jie

    Although Mid-Year and Halloween have different dates, they have the same name: Ghost Festival


    The English word for Halloween on November 1st every year is Halloween, which comes from “All Hallows’ Eve”. On this day, especially when night falls, all kinds of demons and monsters in the world run wildly in the world, hundreds of ghosts walk at night, and groups of demons dance wildly.

    Halloween, Ghost Festival

    Zhongyuan Jie

    The date of the Mid-Autumn Festival is the fifteenth day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar every year, which usually falls around August and September of the solar calendar, and the eve of Halloween falls on October 31 of the solar calendar every year. It seems that the gates of hell in the east and the west are also opened at staggered times for the ghosts and ghosts.

    Zhong yuan Jie, Ghost Festival

    The festive atmosphere and cultural connotation are different

    Halloween: fun and lively, entertainment mainly
    Compared with the solemnity and solemnity of Chinese New Year’s Day, Halloween in the West is dominated by funny carnivals. The most essential difference in performance is that it is not ghosts who dance on the streets on Halloween, but people in various costumes.

    The elements of make-up come from the typical theme of Halloween, how to be scary, mainly ghosts and things related to death, magic, and monsters, including various Halloween symbols such as pumpkins, ghouls, black cats, owls, spiders, tombs, elves, vampires, skeletons and demons, as well as fictional characters such as cartoon characters and Frankenstein.

    Zhong yuan Jie  Ghost Festival
    Zhong yuan Jie

    Zhongyuan Festival: ancestors, solemn and solemn

    The Chinese Mid-Yuan Festival, the traditional program is to worship ancestors and hold “Purdue”, “Shi Gu” and other charity activities, in order to generally supersede the lonely and wild ghosts, prevent them from harming the world, and also pray for ghosts from all walks of life. Help to get rid of the disease and keep your home safe.

    On the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, adults will tell children not to go to the street after dark. If there are people on the street who worship and burn paper, don’t step on it, let alone make disrespectful words to the deceased. There are many Mid-Yuan Festival people. Taboo, asking people not to offend the deceased, so as not to bring disaster to themselves and their families.

    Differences in customs


    October 31st is All Hallows’ Eve, before the Era of Christ, the Celts held a ceremony in late summer to thank God and the sun for their favor. The fortune-tellers of that time lit it and used it to drive away the monsters that were said to be wandering around. Later the Roman harvest festival was celebrated with nuts and apples, merged with the Celtic October 31st.

    In the Middle Ages, people wore animal-shaped costumes and scary masks, it is said that they wanted to drive away the ghosts in the dark night on the eve of Halloween.

    These days, children playfully don costumes and masks for Halloween balls, often with paper black cats, ghosts and skeletons hanging on the walls around them, and baring teeth hanging from windows and doorways. A cracked mouth or a hideous-looking jack-o-lantern. Children also often try to bite the hanging apple.

    Chinese Zhong Yuan Jie

    “Zhongyuan Festival”, also known as the Day of the Dead and the half of July, is an important sacrificial festival in my country.

    It is said that the ancestors who passed away were released by the King of Hell for half a month in early July, so there is a custom of picking up their ancestors in early July and sending them off in half a month. When sending ancestors, a lot of paper money was burned for “ancestors to enjoy”.

    At the same time, money paper is placed in the paper seal with the user’s name written on it, and it is burned during the sacrifice, which is called a “burning bag”. Those who passed away during the year will burn new bags, and those who have passed away for more than a year will burn old bags.

    Both rich and poor must prepare snacks and paper money to pay homage to the deceased to show their nostalgia for the deceased ancestors.

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