Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Do and Dont's during Hungry Ghost Festival

I'm not usually very superstitious but when it come to spiritual stuffs like ghosts, i can be quite a believer. I have no idea why maybe i watched too much horror movies during my childhood time. Today is the start of the Hungry Ghost Festival, it is said that the ghosts are release and given a one month break to walk the earth. During this festival, the Chinese offer prayers to the deceased relatives by burning paper money, joss sticks and etc. We get to see Getai a stage performance for the spirits and also the people. I gona share some DOs and DONT's during this festival. It's up to individuals to believe it or not.

Do and Dont's

  1. Avoid swimming during the 7th month. It is believed that those previously drowned evil ghost might cause you to drown in the swimming pool. Such ghost need to find victims in order for them to be go for rebirth.

  2. Children and young adults are also advised to return home early and not to wander around alone at night. This belief is due to the reason that the wandering ghosts can possess children easily.

  3. Avoid getting married, going overseas trip or even moving of house in this month because this month is considered as inauspicious.

  4. Avoid going for jungle trekking and going on camping trips as chances of injuries, possession and death are high.

  5. Drive very carefully during this month to avoid accidents, as there may be many wandering spirits who died of accidents previously that are searching for next victims so that they could be reincarnated.

  6. Always address the hungry ghost as "Good Brothers". Never address them as ghosts.

  7. If you watching the Getai shows, do not sit at the 1st few row as they are meant for the hungry ghosts.