Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival 101

Hungry Ghost Festival: What Not to Do

一年一度的鬼节又来临了,是否有人和我一样每到农历七月的时候晚上都不敢出门!

相信大家每次在这个时候,都是常会听到长辈们说的一些话。他们总是会叫我们不要太晚回家、晚上的时候不要吹哨、等等。大家把这些话称为“鬼节的禁忌”。

话不多说,让我们来看看鬼节有什么禁忌吧!

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!

#1: 晚上不要太迟回家!
Do not stay out too late!

Hungry Ghost Festival: What Not to Do

很多人相信,每当到了鬼节的时候,也是“鬼门”开的时候。那这又代表了什么呢?

每当夜深的时候,也是“鬼门”会开的时候,鬼魂也就会到处游荡。对于相信这些鬼魂存在的人来说,都会乖乖听长辈们的话,晚上12点之前一定要到家;当然,如果可以早一点就最0好不过了。他们总会觉得晚上在外面很不安全,随时都有可能会遇到一些“好兄弟“。

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”.

#2: 晚上不要吹口哨!
Do not whistle at night!

Hungry Ghost Festival: What Not to Do

有许多人相信在鬼节的禁忌时候,晚上吹口哨会招惹到正在游荡的鬼,吸引他们随声而去。其实除了在农历七月不吹口哨外,有些人甚至每天晚上都不会吹口哨,以免招惹“不干净”的东西。

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!

#3: 晚上的时候不要去游泳!
Do not swim at night!

Hungry Ghost Festival: What Not to Do

就像我之前提到的,鬼会在夜深的时候到处游荡。那有些人就觉得晚上的时候如果我们到游泳池游泳,也许会有一些“水鬼”就在泳池里。这些“水鬼”也有可能会把我们拉下水中,造成溺毙事件。

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!

#4: 地上的物品不要捡!
Do not pick up articles from the street!

Hungry Ghost Festival: What Not to Do

我们平时走街的时候可能会看见钱在地上。你平时会把它捡起来吗?

在鬼节的时候,如果你看见地上有钱,千万不要捡起来!我相信我不用多解释,你们也知道为什么不应该拿走不属于我们的东西,尤其是在农历七月的时候。

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!

#5: 切忌乱动祭品!
Do not touch the offerings!

在这段时期,我们时常都会看见路边的走道和家附近的草原都会有祭品。千万不要乱动那些祭品!这个道理和刚刚的第四点说的相似!

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!

#6: 晚上不要拍照!
Do not take pictures at night!

我们通常都会听见长辈们和我们说太阳下山的时候,不要拍照。这是因为我们在拍照的时候,有可能拍到一些我们不想看到的东西!

注意:尤其是镜子的自拍!

P.S. 等到农历七月过了才拍这些照吧!

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!

#7: 不吉利的话,千万不要说!
Do not say inauspicious words!

由于鬼节是鬼会到处游荡的时候,千万不要说些不吉利的话!一些不吉利的话有“死,血”和其他很多的字/词语。我还记得小时候,我在鬼节不小心说了“死”这个字,我被外公、外婆骂得狗血淋头!

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!

#8: 晚上的时候不要剪指甲!
Do not cut your nails at night!

是否有些人看见“晚上不能剪指甲”这句话有点惊喜?这是因为,在鬼节看见血是件非常非常非常不吉利的事!我们在剪指甲的时候,有人说在七月剪的话,很容易见到自己的肉!

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!

#9: 如果有人叫你,或动你的肩膀,不要回头!
Do not respond when people call for you or tap on your shoulder!

别人在身后叫你看起来是件很普通的事,但在鬼节的时候,如果有人这样做的话,你千万不能回头!传说是因为也许在身后叫你或拍你肩膀的人不是你认识的人!

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. 

你们对我刚刚所分享的有什么看法呢?是否有些鬼节的禁忌是你们也有听说过的?有没有一些我没有提到的禁忌?请在下面和我分享!对鬼节禁忌感兴趣的话,也可以观看以下《见鬼十》的介绍影片哦!

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!

声明:以上说的都是依照我所听长辈们和朋友分享的事件!要不要信的话有你们自己决定!

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! 

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