This year, 2013, the 7th lunar month is from August 7 until September 4. Throughout the month, offerings, sacrifices and prayers are made to appease these spirits.
|Burning offerings for the Hungry Ghosts|
Photo Credit: Abdul Aziz Agil
|Ghost month offerings|
Photo Credit: Celine Asril
The 15th day of 7th lunar month (August 21, 2013), is Yu Lan, the Hungry Ghost Festival. This day is considered the peak day of the month, and sumptuous feasts are had. Taoists and Buddhists perform ceremonies to ease their suffering.
Photo Credit: User Ws227
You can see a slideshow of photographs of the Hungry Ghost festival here.
UPDATE: There is a fantastic site that shares how to celebrate Chinese holidays with your family and this link will take you to their guide to celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival with ideas, crafts and books!