Floating River Lanterns  

These river lanterns are also called lotus lanterns. People put a light or a candle on the lamp stand and float it on rivers at the night of the Hungry Ghost Festival, which falls on the 14th and 15th of the seventh lunar month. This activity aims to help the ghosts in the river reincarnate. A few lines in The Biography of Hulan River explained this custom. It says: the 15th of the seventh lunar month is a ghost festival. The ghosts of people who have been wrongly accused can’t reincarnate and suffer a lot in hell. If they can get one river lantern that night, they can reincarnate.


Source: Weather China

Translated by Chen Yanqiu


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