This year we have a very rare hungry ghost festival, because the seventh month appears two times. (闰七月)
According to the Chinese lunar calendar calculation, every year there will be an excess of 11 days as compare to the western calendar. So every 3 years there will be an “extra” month.
In order to facilitate the coming of spring, so she don’t come later and later each year, the extra month gain will be added that year. This year is the seventh month.
At first I am a little worry, because as much as I respect the Chinese custom, I cannot stand the burning all through the day. Usually we just shut my window tight to prevent additional loads to my children’s lung.
I am relieved to hear that they will carry out those ceremonies for only a month.