Do Other Cultures Have a Ghost Month Similar to the Chinese Ghost Festival?

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In summary: Chinese dates are based on the lunar cycle, which is why they vary. The Chinese calendar is luni-solar and keeps pace with the seasons because it adds a leap month when necessary.
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Today (or tomorrow) depending on your time zone is ghost month day. Here is what it is:

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/ghost-festival/"Ghost Festival Celebrated by Buddhists and Taoists all over Asia, the Ghost Festival is a holiday that is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the Chinese calendar. It is believed that on this day the gates of hell are opened and the dead are allowed to walk the Earth in search for food."

Ramadan also occurs around this time. I'd like to know if your tradition has similar superstition around this time?

Where do you think all these originated? The source of the myths and legends? In the US and Europe, do you have ghost month too? What month is it?
 
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lucas_ said:
Ramadan also occurs around this time.

Ramadan ended 2-1/2 months ago. If you allow +/- 2.5 months, half the year falls into this category.
 
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This thread is spooky. I'm getting freaked out. Is this related to the time travel thread that we just deleted tomorrow? o0)
 
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lucas_ said:
In the US and Europe, do you have ghost month too? What month is it?

We have halloween on October 31st.
 
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I'm curious, did (or does) anyone here from Europe\North America ever observe halloween like a religious holiday? I don't recall anyone ever celebrating this as anything other than a candy grab or party excuse.
 
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DavidSnider said:
I'm curious, did (or does) anyone here from Europe\North America ever observe halloween like a religious holiday? I don't recall anyone ever celebrating this as anything other than a candy grab or party excuse.
All Hallow's Eve (the evening before All Saints Day) started out as a religious observance, but no longer is.
 
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berkeman said:
This thread is spooky. I'm getting freaked out. Is this related to the time travel thread that we just deleted tomorrow? o0)
Not yet, but it will be.
 
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lucas_ said:
Ramadan also occurs around this time.
Ramadan is a lunar month that's part of a 12-month lunar year, and therefore drifts through the seasons, earlier each time. The Chinese calendar is luni-solar and keeps pace with the seasons because it adds a leap month when necessary. They cannot be compared.
 
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Why are Chinese dates so different from the 365 calendar? for example, their new year is around February or vary. Which is more accurate or really indicate of the Earth position around the sun?
 
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lucas_ said:
Which is more accurate or really indicate of the Earth position around the sun?

Huh? The sun is where it is on a given date, no matter what word you use to identify that date.
 

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