‘Ullambana’ translates as ‘deliverance from suffering’ and this festival is celebrated by Buddhists around the world, although it is especially popular in China and Japan. The root of the tradition lies in Buddhist legend and the story of one man making special offerings to ease the suffering of his mother in Hell. On this day Buddhists offer prayers, and sometimes meat and wine, to the souls of their deceased ancestors and carry helpful offerings to monks and nuns in monasteries.