The Hungry Ghost Festival or 7th Month, is the scariest time of the year. The ghosts of Chinese ancestors are let out of hell to seek entertainment and roam around. Which is why we burn money, loads of money, BMW’s and bungalows to appease them.
You really don’t want to incur their wrath, so here are 10 things to avoid during the 7th month!
1. Stepping or kicking the offerings on the pavement
Sometimes it feels like you’re playing hopscotch on the pavement, trying to avoid the offerings strewn all over. Stepping on offerings is a well-known taboo so if you accidentally step on them, it is advisable to apologize to the spirits.
2. Swimming, especially at night
Belief has it that those who previously drowned will look for victims in order to rebirth.
3. Whistling at night
Whistling attracts spirits. So don’t whistle, pretty straightforward
4. Don’t look back if you’re alone and someone taps your shoulder at night
Apparently, turning only your head will cause a “flame” on our shoulders to go out, making you more “vulnerable”. So, turn your entire body instead of only your head.
5. Don’t pick up anything from the ground
Then can return a lost wallet to the police station or not ah?
6. Opening umbrellas, especially red ones, at night
It is said that opening an umbrella at home is bad luck, and red attracts spirits.
7. Mocking or filling up the front row seats at a Getai
If you didn’t already know, the front row, empty seats at a Getai (live stage performance held during Ghost Festival) are meant for them.
8. Staying out too late at night
Again, a well-known taboo. Children, especially – wandering spirits can possess children easier.
(Article continues below) Do you know that during the Hungry Ghost Month, you shouldn’t lean on the wall or talk to yourself? Here’s a video on the list of taboos you probably didn’t know about: if you don’t want any unwanted visitors tonight, you’d better watch it!
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9. Tieing the knot or move into a new house
Moving into new homes or getting married during this month is considered inauspicious.
10. Joke about the offerings or Getai
For obvious reasons – just don’t!
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