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HKFP Lens: Backstage moments at Hungry Ghost Festival Chiuchow opera shows

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.

HKFP Lens: Backstage moments at Hungry Ghost Festival Chiuchow opera shows