8 Things S’poreans Shouldn’t Do to the Offerings During Hungry Ghost Festival

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It’s that time of the year again; a period so intense, so dark and so scary you can’t help but cower in your bed every single night, protected by your sheets. I’m talking, of course, about my impending birthday. Another year older? Ain’t nothing darker and scarier than that!

Coincidentally, there’s something else happening at the moment that’s also pretty ominous too:

The Hungry Ghost Festival.

While it might not be quite as symbolic as my own birthday, the HGF has its fair share of followers, and indeed, offerings have been flooding the floors since the first day. But here’s the thing:

Did you know that they are like your best friend’s sister… untouchable?

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Indeed, here are 8 things you should never do to the offerings during the festival, or as my best friend likes to put it…

You dare to touch, you die. 

1. Don’t eat it

I know. You’re hungry, you’re famished. You’ve been out for the whole day and only had like five double stacker burgers with three sides of fries. Not nearly enough for a growing boy/girl like you, even though you’re technically turning the wrong side of 30.

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As such, you chance upon some appetising offerings laid out on a grass patch, looking for all the world like a picnic prepared by a Michelin star chef. And naturally, you’re tempted.

“Surely one bite wouldn’t hurt…” you mumble, licking your lips.

Well, let me just stop you right there.

See, the offerings aren’t actually for you, but for our good bros across the realm (you didn’t know that yet?!). And by eating their offerings, you’re effectively stealing their food. And let’s just say that like humans…

They don’t like their food being stolen.

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Offerings post Hungry Ghost Festival, however, might be a different story,  but you know what they say. #bettersorrythansafe

2. Don’t kick them

You’re starved of a football.

But that doesn’t give you leeway to channel your inner Cristiano Ronaldo with the offerings.

Just be empathetic and visualise a scenario, wherein someone kicks your double beef burger away. Would you like that?

Because I won’t.

So don’t kick offerings, because you never know…

Your head might be the next to roll.

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3. Don’t touch them 

Yes, no David De Gea action either.

Keep your hands to yourself.

4. Don’t joke about them

We all have that one friend who jokes about everything under the sun, from your uncle’s exposed butt crack to your entire life.

But stop him/her if there’s an incoming joke about offerings because that’s taboo. Just imagine being hungry and angry, and having someone joke about your food. Would you like that?

Because I won’t.

So skip the offering jokes already.

Because they never bothered me anyway.

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5. Don’t complain about them

Let’s just say that the dead wouldn’t take too kindly to your “walao eh, clog space” and “wa pianggg this one my grandfather’s road leh. Got ask him for permission to put your offerings here alnot?”

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