it is the time of the year again, when I come back home I will see ashes flying around the void decks or around blocks.
7th Month Hungry Ghost Festival is here
I am blogging this not because the ashes posed a problem to me, also not about the burning of “Hell Money” creates potential of danger but to share the Singapore Chinese culture with everyone. Furthermore, these kind of activities has been getting lesser each year. Next year, there will not be “eating of table” just right below my block.
I like to see and feel all these traditional Chinese culture activities, I am worried that very soon in the future the Gen Y maynot even known of such things.
so what is 7th Month Hungry Ghost Festival
Just as Halloween is for Americans, the ‘Hungry Ghost festival’ is for the Chinese.
Hungry Ghost festival is an occasion that is taken very seriously (used to) by the Chinese. This festival that falls on the 7th month of the lunar New Year so the name 7th Month Hungry Ghost Festival.
It is believed by the Chinese that during this month, the gates of hell are opened to free the hungry ghosts who then wander to seek food on Earth. Some even think that the ghosts would seek revenge on those who had wronged them in their lives. The reason why the Chinese celebrate this festival is to remember their dead family members and pay tribute to them. (Wiki Link)
But times have changed …
- Taiwanese mark Ghost Month with colorful ceremony (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
so I hope this traditional will carried on… as long as it can