Mulian Rescues His Mother - Chinese subtitle with languages spoken in Mandarin. An old Chinese folktales. Just as the West has Halloween for ghosts, so does Chinese have a season to treat the departed spirits of the underworld - the Hungry Ghost Festival. There was a popular folk tales about Mulian saved his mother from suffering in the hungry ghost realm.
For years - Mulian have been meditation and learned the teachings of the Buddha and practiced the Buddhist religion. One day, while looking at the realm of hungry ghosts with his vision. Mulian saw his mother suffering there. So with the help of his miraculous power, filial Mulian tried to provided food for his mother. Unfortunately, whatever reached his mother hands, it will turned into something that cannot be eaten. Mulian asked the Buddha for help. Buddha told him to save his mother on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month with the help of Yu Lan Pheng Jin, "The origin of Yu Lan Pheng is said to be based on the Buddhist scripture of Ullambana Sutra. Since then, Buddhist monks and nuns would chant the Ullambana Sutra to rescue others from hell on this day.
Historically, on the Ghost Festival, families offer newly harvested grain to departed ancestors. Believers would burn paper money to appease the restless spirits. Also, on the night before the festival, people would send decorated paper boats and water lanterns into the river. They thought that Lotus-flower lanterns with candles would help the wandering ghosts to find their way in the dark. Click here for more info on the Lunar Seventh month at: https://vimeo.com/100468853 - with Chinese subtitle and languages spoken in English.