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A CHINESE OPERA actress drinks a bowl of soup before her performance at a makeshift theater during the “Hungry Ghost Festival “ in Hong Kong that is now underway. The opening of the gates of hell is celebrated during the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar. Not all of the ghosts let loose during that time are good, according to believers. These spirits wander the streets ravenous and envious because they died without descendants or were ignored by their kin while alive. During the month-long festival, usually in the summer, Chinese people make offerings of food, "Hell money," and paper-made models of items such as televisions, servants and sport cars that are burnt to appease the wandering spirits. AP Photo/Vincent Yu


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