‘Wooden tables were covered with piles of food, offerings to the hungry ghosts who roamed the streets. Fresh vegetables, fruits, junk food, biscuits, sponge cakes, whole roasted ducks and pigs were all laid out in rows. Thick joss sticks sat on empty chairs right in front of the stage, special seats reserved for the spirits.
The entire night market area of Section 17, including the open air car park was taken up for the event. One area held the altars and food offerings and the other was occupied with chairs, a stage, towering speakers, and spotlights that cut through the night. 5 young Chinese girls provided entertainment on stage, with a change of clothes between songs, as it shifted from Ace of Base to Psy, with a love ballad or two slotted in the middle.’
This is an excerpt of a photo essay I wrote documenting the celebration of the final day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Section 17, Petaling Jaya.
The full photo essay, published as the second issue of RAW, can be downloaded as a PDF
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