Hungry Ghosts. If a hungry man is an angry man, what about a hungry ghost?

Ghosts. Hantu. 鬼

The Hungry Ghost Festival is the day to sacrifice to the deceased. It is believed by the Chinese that all ghosts will come out from hell on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month (August in our universal calender). The 7th lunar month is the Hungry Ghost Month.

The Hungry Ghost Month is said to be a dangerous time to be out at night. You don’t want to bump into strange things…

27 August 2018

Saturday
25 August

Ghost Festival 2018

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17 August 2018

Probably in jest, Mr Sabnani said, “This is the month of the hungry ghosts. Activity among Chinese Singaporeans slows down. So it could be natural to outsource work”.


http://theindependent.sg/mano-sabnani-on-outsourcing-the-hungry-ghost-festival/

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2016
Hungry Ghost Day is 17th August. Hungry Ghost Month is 3rd-31st August.

A HUNGRY GHOST TALE (2008)

Chinese folk religion is a hotch potch of myths, tales, legends and sayings handed down by oral tradition. It includes Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianist elements. For unbelievers, Chinese folk religion is superstition.

One belief is that some hungry ghosts don’t want to return to Hell, so they look for a substitute. They get him dead, and let his body go down to Hell on their behalf. That allows them to re-incarnate.

The tale I tell is both factual and supernatural. As you read, remember this dictum of a famous sociologist, W I Thomas, “When people define something as real, it is real in its consequences.” (My emphases.)

MY SCHOOL TEACHER DAYS

It was the last day of the first semester, and as I moved through the canteen, I stopped and spoke to a 17 year old boy. “It’s the holidays. Be careful! I hear of you racing on your motorbike, and that’s not good.”

“No, not true, sir!” replied the boy, one of the leaders in my Scout Troop.

“True or not, don’t do it. I want to see you safely back at school on the first day of the 2nd semester.”

“OK, sir,” he nodded.

That was a Friday.

The next day, at night, a call came on my hand phone, and I went to the hospital to visit his girlfriend, who was badly hurt from falling off the motorbike he had been riding.She was riding pillion.

He was not at the hospital as he was dead. Yes, DEAD. 

I would go to the funeral parlour an hour later, to view his lifeless body lying in a casket.

This was what had happened.

He was on his motorbike, with his girlfriend riding pillion. There were two other motorbikes behind, ridden by his schoolmates. They were racing. As he was trying to overtake a car, he ran out of space, so his motorbike crashed into the divider in the center of the road.

He fell chest first against the concrete divider and died almost instantaneously! Doctors said later that his heart and lungs had been crushed by the impact.

AT THE FUNERAL PARLOUR

My worst and hardest experience as a school teacher has always been similar: going to see the parents, especially the mother, of a dead student. I have done it enough times to know how at risk the life of a teenager is, particularly when he rides a motorcycle.

Mum, whose son lies dead, asks you WHY? and you have no answer. Her tears flow, and so will mine. I find myself weeping just as helplessly.

This mother didn’t ask why. She told me the answer to WHY?

This is a summary of her story.

She had warned him that it was the Hungry Ghost Festival, about how wandering ghosts went around looking for substitutes. It was a very dangerous time of the month, and she wanted him home at night.

No, it was just superstition to him, and he did not believe that it could happen because he did not believe his mother.

“He would not listen to me. He said he was not afraid of dying, and that’s why he died!” she wept as she said this repeatedly.

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2016

Hungry Ghost Day is 17th August. Hungry Ghost Month is 3rd-31st August.

Year Date of Ghost Festival Ghost Month
2014 August 10th July 27th- August 24th
2015 August 28th August 14th- September 12th
2016 August 17th August 3rd- August 31st
2017 September 5th August 22nd – September 19th

http://www.yourchineseastrology.com/holidays/ghost-festival/

You should never step on offerings and other top taboos to avoid during Hungry Ghost Festival

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Taboos

4 Don’t hang your clothes outside to dry. You love your designer labels and chic style, and so do these fiends. Think you are the only one with expensive taste? Haven’t you heard that the devil wears Prada?

5 Don’t be a gold digger. Seen some moolah on the ground? Found some bling-bling lying inconspicuously on the road? STOP! It may very well belong to a ghost, or it may be a trap. Remember, hell hath no fury like a ghost conned.

7 Don’t kick or trample on offerings. The hungry ghost festival transforms the sidewalks into a minefield strewn with joss paper, charred offerings and food. Keep a wide berth and never step on these offerings.

http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/top-10-taboos-to-avoid-during-the-hungry-ghost-festival-in-singapore#xtor=CS1-2

Top 10 ‘taboos’ to avoid during the hungry ghost festival in Singapore

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AsiaOne
Monday, Aug 17, 2015 

Here are some of the taboos.

1 Don’t swim. Think of the reincarnation system as the COE quotas. Someone dies, and that frees up a slot for an evil ghost to rebirth. Rebirthing is a luxury evil spirit can’t afford, so they will prowl (hover around) the swimming pools to drown people and grab a slot at reincarnation.

2 Don’t take selfies, whistle, or any forms of self-indulgence. Whistling will attract ghosts, and selfies will make you shudder like Shutter. Remember the Thai horror flick Shutter – where a ghost appeared in photos? Lie low and it may very well save your life.

3 New houses, new businesses, new relationships? Avoid all things new as this month is considered to be highly inauspicious, unless you are sadistic and want to wreck it. New water is ok though.

6 Don’t engage in night activities. As the dust settles and the last rays disappear over the horizon, the night is supposedly when these devilish spirits roam the earth in full force looking for some unsuspecting soul to possess. Your parents impose curfews for a reason, so follow it. After all, Mummy knows best.

8 Don’t wear red clothing. Ghosts are apparently attracted to red, so avoid becoming a target board to be possessed. Not too sure about your Louboutins? Better be safe than sorry.

9 Don’t fill the front row seats at Getais. Unless you fancy sitting on the laps of ghosts, do not fill the front row seats at Getais. While the seats look empty, there is more to the empty seats that meet the eye.

10 Don’t turn your head when someone pats you on the shoulder. A favourite prank of the living, this prank has been cleverly adapted by the dead to rob their victim of their ‘protective flames’, which is supposedly found on our shoulders. Turning your head over the shoulder will snuff out the protective flame, rendering you vulnerable. To circumvent this, turn your whole body instead of your head. Or shoulder guards.

http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/top-10-taboos-to-avoid-during-the-hungry-ghost-festival-in-singapore#xtor=CS2-4

A HUNGRY GHOST TALE

Chinese folk religion is a hotch potch of myths, tales, legends and sayings handed down by oral tradition. It includes Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianist elements. For unbelievers, Chinese folk religion is superstition.

One belief is that some hungry ghosts don’t want to return to Hell, so they look for a substitute. They get him dead, and let his body go down to Hell on their behalf. That allows them to re-incarnate.

The tale I tell is both factual and supernatural. As you read, remember this dictum of a famous sociologist, W I Thomas, “When people define something as real, it is real in its consequences.” (My emphases.)

MY SCHOOL TEACHER DAYS

It was the last day of the first semester, and as I moved through the canteen, I stopped and spoke to a 17 year old boy. “It’s the holidays. Be careful! I hear of you racing on your motorbike, and that’s not good.”

“No, not true, sir!” replied the boy, one of the leaders in my Scout Troop.

“True or not, don’t do it. I want to see you safely back at school on the first day of the 2nd semester.”

“OK, sir,” he nodded.

That was a Friday.

The next day, at night, a call came on my hand phone, and I went to the hospital to visit his girlfriend, who was badly hurt from falling off the motorbike he had been riding.She was riding pillion.

He was not at the hospital as he was dead. Yes, DEAD. 

I would go to the funeral parlour an hour later, to view his lifeless body lying in a casket.

This was what had happened.

He was on his motorbike, with his girlfriend riding pillion. There were two other motorbikes behind, ridden by his schoolmates. They were racing. As he was trying to overtake a car, he ran out of space, so his motorbike crashed into the divider in the center of the road.

He fell chest first against the concrete divider and died almost instantaneously! Doctors said later that his heart and lungs had been crushed by the impact.

AT THE FUNERAL PARLOUR

My worst and hardest experience as a school teacher has always been similar: going to see the parents, especially the mother, of a dead student. I have done it enough times to know how at risk the life of a teenager is, particularly when he rides a motorcycle.

Mum, whose son lies dead, asks you WHY? and you have no answer. Her tears flow, and so will mine. I find myself weeping just as helplessly.

This mother didn’t ask why. She told me the answer to WHY?

This is a summary of her story.

She had warned him that it was the Hungry Ghost Festival, about how wandering ghosts went around looking for substitutes. It was a very dangerous time of the month, and she wanted him home at night.

No, it was just superstition to him, and he did not believe that it could happen because he did not believe his mother.

“He would not listen to me. He said he was not afraid of dying, and that’s why he died!” she wept as she said this repeatedly

Paper offerings strewn all over the road at Jln Minyak

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Getai performances typically consist of live performances of Hokkien songs, witty banter and even pole dancing.

YAHOO! NEWS

GE2015: Election rallies, getai shows must be kept separate: Police

Employees from a nearby office building burn offerings to mark the Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore on August 8, 2014. Superstition comes to the fore during the month-long Hungry Ghost Festival, which traditionally begins this time of year. Chinese superstition holds that the gates of hell are opened for spirits to wander across the mortal realm before they return to the underworld. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Employees from a nearby office building burn offerings to mark the Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore on August 8, 2014. Superstition comes to the fore during the month-long Hungry Ghost Festival, which traditionally begins this time of year. Chinese superstition holds that the gates of hell are opened for spirits to wander across the mortal realm before they return to the underworld. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Campaigning for the general election and holding variety performances for the Hungry Ghost Festival must not coincide, say police, who also released new rules on general election rallies.

Getai performances are “strictly not allowed before, during or after election rallies,” as stipulated under the Public Order (Election Meetings) Regulations 2009, the Singapore Police Force said in a statement on Friday.

The police added that event organisers must also “ensure that no speeches intended to canvass support for election candidates and/or political parties are delivered (at) Seventh Month Festival events”.

The Hungry Ghost Festival this year runs from Friday, August 14, till September 12. The election is widely expected to be held within the next few weeks. Getai performances typically consist of live performances of Hokkien songs, witty banter and even pole dancing.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ge-2015–election-rallies–getai-shows-must-be-kept-separate–police-034818468.html

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