Offerings typically given on this day include rice wine, fruits, chicken, pork, and fish, snacks, incense, and joss paper
. Gold joss paper
is burned for the gods, while silver joss paper
is burned for ghosts.
At its base were several intricate arrangements of 'thnee kong poh', which are pieces folded joss paper
arranged to resemble auspicious items like the phoenix or pineapple.
People used to write their wishes on joss paper
and throw it onto the tree after paying their respects.
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, Winston Churchill and actor Michael Madsen have all done it PEOPLE throw joss paper
into Hong Kong's two wishing trees at Lam Tsuen to make wishes.
For instance, Santa Monica designer Sara Goodman papered a small powder room with more than 1,000 individually cut and applied pieces of joss paper
, which she further enhanced with gold and silver oil pastel.
As Ghost Month is well underway in Taiwan, a photo of claw machine game stuff with joss paper
has many superstitious Taiwanese netizens spooked as many fear it could lead to a ghoulish gaffe.
It is that time of the year when believers are busy appeasing the hungry spirits who they believe are let out by the 'Gates of Hell', through ritual food offerings, burning of joss paper
, and stage shows.
In northern China, some describe the day as "Hundred Ghosts Chanting", and some even have the custom of burning joss paper
, thus it has come to be known as "Ghost Festival."