Hong Kong's paper crafters work overtime to feed hungry ghosts

August 27, 2013 7:59 AM

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Hong Kong's paper crafters work overtime to feed hungry ghosts

HONG KONG (Reuters) - At a workshop in an old Hong Kong neighborhood, paper craftsman Ha Chung-kin uses delicate sheets of paper and sticks of bamboo to fashion a huge, expensive boat that will soon be consigned to the flames.

The Hungry Ghosts festival that has prompted Ha's exquisite labors centers on a superstition that the spirits of the dead return to Earth during the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, which runs from August 7 to September 4 this year.

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