Hungry Ghost Festival concert ala Broadway style at USJ 1

A Broadway style performance at the Hungry Ghost Festival 1
A Broadway style performance at the Hungry Ghost Festival 1

Folks at USJ 1 were  in a celebratory mood from from the 18 to 20th of August as they were entertained  and treated with a festive atmosphere at the Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations.

The highlight of the 3 day celebration was the stage show which is also known Kotai which offered a refreshing and classy performance ala Broadway style this time around.

The audience were enthralled with great performance and showmanship from the performers.

VIPs joined in to celebrate as Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai launched the festival on the opening day while  Selangor speaker Hannah Yeoh and Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen attended the closing ceremony.

The Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated in the 7th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar. According to tradition, it is when the gates of hell are opened and the hungry ghosts roam the earth freely in search of food and entertainment.

A feast  is held on the 15th day with live performances held at night in the corner of the streets with loud volumes to attract the ghosts. The first row will be left empty to be reserved for the ghosts to enjoy the show. The festival also has many delicious food offerings to please the ghost and ward off misfortune.

Here are some pictures from the colorful event  held at a public car park:

A Broadway style performance at the Hungry Ghost Festival
A Broadway style performance at the Hungry Ghost Festival
A Broadway style performance at the Hungry Ghost Festival 2
A Broadway style performance at the Hungry Ghost Festival 2
Poh Toh 2014 at USJ1 Stage Show Performance
Poh Toh 2014 at USJ1 Stage Show Performance
Poh Toh 2014 at USJ1 Stage Show Performance 2
Poh Toh 2014 at USJ1 Stage Show Performance 2
Poh Toh 2014
Poh Toh 2014
Poh Toh 2014 2
Poh Toh 2014 2
For a duration of 3 days, thousands of residents from around Subang Jaya and USJ come to offer prayers, food and Hell Money
For a duration of 3 days, thousands of residents from around Subang Jaya and USJ come to offer prayers, food and Hell Money
Families book tables at the Festival and prepare Hell Money for the Hungry Ghosts
Families book tables at the Festival and prepare Hell Money for the Hungry Ghosts
A Toaist sacrificial alter with images of athe 5 most powerful deities in the Universe with the Jade Emperor in the centre
A Toaist sacrificial alter with images of athe 5 most powerful deities in the Universe with the Jade Emperor in the centre
A Toaist priest chants to appease  the Hungry Ghosts
A Toaist priest chants to appease the Hungry Ghosts
Opera singers pay tribute to the to the effigy of Tai Su Yeh the King of Hades
Opera singers pay tribute to the to the effigy of Tai Su Yeh the King of Hades
A paper boat to transfer the Hungry Ghosts back to Underworld
A paper boat to transfer the Hungry Ghosts back to Underworld
These paper horses are meant to transfer the Hungry Ghosts back to Underworld
These paper horses are meant to transfer the Hungry Ghosts back to Underworld
The Fire Department on standby on the night the effigies are burnt.
The Fire Department on standby on the night the effigies are burnt.
Offerings for the Hungry Ghosts
Offerings for the Hungry Ghosts
Fruit offerings for the Hungry Ghosts
Fruit offerings for the Hungry Ghosts
Fruit offerings for the Hungry Ghosts (2)
Fruit offerings for the Hungry Ghosts (2)
On the final night of the Festival all the food offerings are distributed to the residents who are present
On the final night of the Festival all the food offerings are distributed to the residents who are present
Roast ducks offerings for the Hungry Ghosts
Roast ducks offerings for the Hungry Ghosts
Signalling  the end of the Festival all the effigies go up in flames
Signalling the end of the Festival all the effigies go up in flames

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