When I was little, I loved to play in the park with my friends after supper. I remember one day I wanted to go outside to do just that and my grandma told me I shouldn’t be outside, especially when the sun goes down on Zhongyuan Festival. Also known as Ghost festival or Hungry Ghost Festival, The Zhongyuan Festival is on July 15th in the lunar calendar. The Lunar July is also regarded as the Ghost Month. Every year, on the first day of Lunar July, the gate to the underworld opens and the ghosts return to the living world for a one-month “vacation”. Unlike other celebrations for the dead, the Hungry Ghost Festival seems to pacify the hungry ghosts, the orphaned ghosts, and the uncared-for ghosts. These are ghosts of those who died by accidents, by drowning or hanging and are unwilling to reincarnate. Chinese go out that day with more caution than usual. Many people avoid getting married, traveling, moving into new homes or opening businesses lest it cause misery.