The Hungry Ghost festival, or Yulan Festival, offers sacrifices to ancestors – as well as wandering ghosts – to use in the afterlife. AFP photographers captured scenes from around the city as Hongkongers paid tribute on the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Priests chant scriptures during a ceremony at a temple in Hong Kong on August 21, 2021, marking the Hungry Ghost Festival. Photo: Betha Wang/AFP.
Priests march out for a ceremony at a temple in Hong Kong on August 21, 2021, marking the Hungry Ghost Festival. Photo: Betha Wang/AFP.

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A woman lights incense sticks at a temple in Hong Kong on August 21, 2021, marking the Hungry Ghost Festival. Photo: Betha Wang/AFP.
A woman lights incense sticks at a temple in Hong Kong on August 21, 2021, marking the Hungry Ghost Festival. Photo: Betha Wang/AFP.
People holds their ancestral tablets at a temple in Hong Kong on August 21, 2021, marking the Hungry Ghost Festival. Photo: Betha Wang/AFP.
A man (L) offers incense sticks to his ancestors at a temple in Hong Kong on August 21, 2021, marking the Hungry Ghost Festival. Photo: Betha Wang/AFP.
Believers prepare for the Hungry Ghost Festival at a temple in Hong Kong on August 21, 2021. Photo: Betha Wang/AFP.
A man prays in front of his ancestral tablet at a temple in Hong Kong on August 21, 2021, marking the Hungry Ghost Festival. Photo: Betha Wang/AFP.

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