农历七月十五（中国南方为七月十四）的晚上是中元节，俗称鬼节、施孤、七月半，英语里简称“Ghost Festival”，如果生动一点的话，再加一个“饿”的英语在前面，叫做“ Hungry Ghost Festival”。这一天，又被佛教称为盂兰盆节（直接音译Yu Lan Jie）。
The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival in modern day, Zhong Yuan Jie or Yu Lan Jie is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in Asian countries. In the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh month (14th in southern China).
In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm（下三界）. Distinct from both the Qingming Festival (in spring) and Double Ninth Festival (in autumn) in which living descendants pay homage（敬意） to their deceased ancestors, during Ghost Festival, the deceased are believed to visit the living.