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Thailand screens movie at a Cemetery to let the deceased watch

In a unique and fascinating display of cultural reverence, a Chinese cemetery in Thailand recently hosted a movie screening for the deceased. The event, which took place from June 2 to 6, was held to honor the spirits of those buried at the cemetery and provide them with comfort.

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According to reports, the movie screening was held at an open-air auditorium within the cemetery, with films shown from 7 pm to midnight for five consecutive days. Rows of empty chairs were set up for the spirits, with only a handful of staff members present to facilitate the event.

The cemetery, located in Nakhon Ratchasima province, is home to over 2,800 graves, primarily belonging to individuals of Chinese descent. The Chinese community in Thailand places great importance on filial piety and reverence for ancestors, influenced by Confucian values.

It is believed that some spirits may linger in the human world due to unfulfilled wishes, and by conducting ceremonies such as the movie screening, these souls can feel remembered and honored, offering them comfort. This practice is also believed to reduce the spirits’ “interference” with the living.

In addition to the film screening, staff also burned paper offerings, including food, model houses, vehicles, clothing, and daily necessities, for the spirits. This unique event has gone viral on Chinese social media, sparking widespread interest and discussion.

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The movie screening for the dead is a poignant reminder of the importance of honoring and respecting one’s ancestors, and the creative ways in which different cultures choose to do so.

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