The annual event of the Hungry Ghost Festival is back again! Last year, Jocelyn Chinese Tuition shared how we can apply knowledge of this festival in argumentative writing. This time round, let’s take a look at what not to do during this month!
Every year during this period, I’m sure the adults would frequently say things like, do not stay out too late, do not whistle at night and many more DONTS.
Read on to find out what NOT to do during the lunar 7th month!
Do not stay out too late!
Many people believe that the hungry ghost festival is when ghosts are allowed to wander the land of the living!
For firm believers, they would often listen to the advice from their parents or grandparents and return home by 12 midnight or even earlier. Many of them believe that it is unsafe to be outside late at night. Who knows? One might actually “bump” into one the “visitors from hell”.
Do not whistle at night!
Many people believe that whistles act like a sound which gathers ghosts to them during this period. Hence, many were told/stopped to not whistle at night. Some people do not whistle at night too even when it’s not the Hungry Ghost Festival as they fear that something would happen to them!
Do not swim at night!
As we’ve said previously, ghost wander around at night. Some people believe that there are some ghosts that swims at night and if we ever go swimming at night or in the day alone, the “water ghost” may drown us and it is not safe at all!
Do not pick up articles from the street!
When we’re walking on the streets, we sometimes see a 10 cent coin or a $2 note on the floor. Do you normally pick them up?
Many people believe that when we see something like that on the floor during the Hungry Ghost Festival, we should never pick them up! The reason is that things on the floor may belong to the ghost and if we pick them up, something may happen to us!
Do not touch the offerings!
During this period, we would frequently see offerings along the roads and at the grasses near our homes. Do not touch the offerings as they are for the ghosts! Since the offerings belongs to them, we shouldn’t touch it and it is the same logic as for point number 4, something bad may happen to us if we do!
Do not take pictures at night!
A common thing that we’ll always hear our elders say is to never take pictures when the sun has set! From what I’ve asked my elders, I’ve understood that when we take pictures at night, we may capture something we do not want to see. Especially when taking mirror selfies!
P.S. Take those mirror selfies and Instagram pictures after the Hungry Ghost Festival!
Do not say inauspicious words!
As the Hungry Ghost Festival is suppose to be a festival where the ghosts comes out at night, saying things that are inauspicious is a no no! Words like: “die, death” are words that we should never say during this period! I still remember when the word “die” accidentally slipped out of my mouth when I was young and I got reprimanded by my grandparents!
Do not cut your nails at night!
I’m sure many of you will be shocked to know that cutting our nails at night is also a big no no during the 7thmonth! This is because, during the 7th month, people believe that seeing blood is not a good sign and by cutting our nails at night during the 7th month, we may cut our flesh!
Do not respond when people call for you or tap on your shoulder!
People calling you from behind may seem like a common thing and the reaction is normally, turning back to see who it is. However, many people believe that during the 7th month, we should never turn behind when someone calls for us or when someone taps on our shoulders. During the 7th month, it may not be our friends who are calling for us.
What do you guys think about the things I’ve mentioned above? Are there any that you believe in? Or do you know of other DONTS we shouldn’t do during the Hungry Ghost Festival? Do let me know in the comments section down below! Watch the clip below if you’re interested about the Hungry Ghost Festival!
Disclaimer: Everything mentioned above is based on the different things I’ve heard from my elders and other people who’ve shared their stories with me! It is up to you whether or not to believe them!