Members of Cathay Camera Club, visited four open-air Chiu Chow opera performances in Hong Kong during last month’s Hungry Ghost festival and snapped these backstage images.
Chaozhou opera – or Chiuchow opera, as it is more commonly known in Hong Kong – is one of the many variants of Chinese Opera. 
Photo: Supreet Kaur.
It is performed in the Chiuchow dialect and is one of the principal genres of Chinese opera, popular in the regions of Eastern Guangdong and Southern Fujian.
Photo: Supreet Kaur.
Around 1.2 million people originating from Chiu Chow (Chaozhou) in China’s Guangdong province live in Hong Kong, according to the government.
Photo: Supreet Kaur.
The Hungry Ghost festival, or Yulan Festival, offers sacrifices to ancestors as well as wandering ghosts to use n the afterlife.
Photo: Supreet Kaur.
During the festival, the city’s Chiuchow community puts on live opera shows, often on temporary bamboo stages, in order to entertain the spirits.
Photo: Mary Dimitropoulou.
Photo: Mary Dimitropoulou.
Photo: Gary Jones.
Photo: Gary Jones.
Photo: Gary Jones.
Photo: Gary Jones.
Photo: Gary Jones.
Photo: Sabrina Wen.
Photo: Sabrina Wen.
Photo: Sabrina Wen.
Photo: Mary Dimitropoulou.
Photo: Supreet Kaur.
Photo: Sabrina Wen.
Photo: Sabrina Wen.
Photo: Mary Dimitropoulou.

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