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Hungry Ghosts Festival

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Registered: July 2008
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Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 12, 2008 4:08am

I used to watch these street operas as a child in the 1950s in Ayer Itam. Although I did not understand the story line I was fascinated by the elaborate make-up and colourful costumes, high-pitched singing and sound of gongs and other instruments, facial expressions and movement of hands and legs of the artistes. There used to be more people watching such shows in the past unlike these days.
Can someone please clarify whether the shows I watched in the past were probably during the Hungry Ghosts Festival. Thanks.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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November 12, 2008 4:20am

hi Ann, if you watched those operas from a makeshift stage, usually built on the road, and in the months of August/September, then it was probably during the Hungry Ghost Festival. Occasionally, temples or kongsis stage an opera show to celebrate an event. For example, the Khoo Kongsi, some 5 years ago celebrated one of their important anniversaries by bringing in a special troupe from China complete with beautiful costumes. The opera was held at Khoo Kongsi's own stage. That was one show I enjoyed very much and I saw at least 50 tourists there.
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 12, 2008 8:10am

Thanks Kayes for clarifying. I'm quite certain now that it was during the Hungry Ghost Festival as I now recall having seen a table nearby with some big joss sticks and mee koo.



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