The Chinese Ghost Month is the Chinese 7th lunar month
Chinese Ghost Festival in on the 15th day of 7th lunar month


Chinese Ghost Month is from August 14, 2015 to September 12, 2015

Chinese Ghost Festival is on August 28, 2015

Water Lanterns of Ghost Month

The Chinese said the gate of the Chinese Hell will be opened on the first day of Chinese 7th Lunar month at early midnight every year. The suffering spirits from the Hell are able to return their homes to see their descendants and enjoy grand feasts. But they have only one month vacation and have to return the Hell on the last day of the 7th lunar month. Therefore, Chinese call 7th lunar month is the Ghost Month.


The major event of the Ghost Month is Chung-Yuan Festival,UpperYuanFestival, which is the 15th lunar day. On the night of 14th lunar day, floating Water Lanterns will be put down to the river. Chinese think the legendary hell is under the ocean. Water Lanterns light up a road to welcome ghosts and spirits to our world for a dinner feast. The 15th day of Ghost Month is also the birthday of the Hell Officer who has right to pardon ghosts. All the ghosts have his permission to leave the hell for the Chung-Yuan Festival. Therefore, Chinese will prepare lots of food to treat their ascendant's spirits and homeless ghosts. Some people call the Chung-Yuan Festival as the Ghost Festival


According to Taoism, Shan-Yuan UpperYuan (first period of the year) Festival is on the 15th lunar day of the fist lunar month, which is the Lantern Festival. Chung-Yuan MiddleYuan (middle period of the year) Festival is on the 15th lunar day of the 7th lunar month. Xia-Yaun LowerYuan (last period of the year) Festival. is on the 15th lunar day of the 10th lunar month.


The 7th lunar day of the 7th lunar month is the Chinese Valentine Day, which ends up a sad story. There are many inauspicious signs in the 7th lunar month. many Chinese don't want to get marred in the Ghost month.


Chinese have some taboos during the Chinese Ghost Month.


     Yellow Bullet No wedding

     Yellow Bullet Don't purchase new home

     Yellow Bullet Don't move to new house

     Yellow Bullet Don't hang clothes outside during the night

     Yellow Bullet Don't open an umbrella indoor

     Yellow Bullet Don't swim during the night

     Yellow Bullet Don't camp outdoor during the Night

     Yellow Bullet Don't use the mirror midnight

     Yellow Bullet Don't whistle on the quiet street at night

     Yellow Bullet Avoid traveling

     Yellow Bullet Don't pick up coins or money on the street

     Yellow Bullet Don't peel apple and light up white candle in the front of mirror

     Yellow Bullet Don't do the surgery

     Yellow Bullet Don't insert chopsticks into the rice in a bowel.



Year Starting Date Ending Date
2013 08/04/2013 09/04/2013
2014 07/27/2014 08/24/2014
2015 08/14/2015 09/12/2015
2016 08/03/2016 08/31/2016
2017 08/22/2017 09/19/2017
2018 08/11/2018 09/09/2018
2019 08/01/2019 08/29/2019

Coming Chinese Ghost Months in China Time Zone


Where is the Chinese Legendary Hell?