Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Take a Break: Learn about the Hungry Ghost Festival/Learnist

According to traditional Chinese belief, the seventh month in the lunar calendar is when restless spirits roam the earth. Many Chinese people make efforts to appease these transient ghosts, while ‘feeding’ their own ancestors – particularly on the 15th day, which is the Yu Lan or Hungry Ghost Festival. While the festival’s origins are not unlike those of Halloween in Europe, it is also intrinsically linked to the Chinese practice of ancestor worship.
 This festival takes place in August, but as one person noted, it’s Halloween on steroids.

Lean how other parts of the world celebrate Halloween using Learnist. Not familiar with Learnist? This is a new social media site that is like Pinterest but the goal is for those with an area of expertise to share it with others. People post blogs, videos and much more. While Pinterest has lots of pictures of what people would like to do, have or make, Learnist tells you what you want to know. This is still a fairly new site, and they’ve recently released an app version, so check in frequently to find things you might not see on your first visit.

Be sure to check this coming Saturday’s post, as it’s a follow up to the most read one on this the blog Unique Gifts for Hospital Patients.  It will provide a lot of suggestions and ideas for Unique Halloween Gifts for Hospital Patients. 

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