Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Let’s Talk about Ghost Festival

How much you know about Chinese Ghost Festival?

Lets me explain here…
I think you probably heard about Chinese Lunar Calendar, right?
But did you heard before the well known Hungry Ghost Festival?
Same as American had their own culture such as Halloween.

The Chinese Ghost festival is a mixed Taoist or folklore as well as Zhongyuan Festival, Yu Lan Pen festival and ShiHu. This festival falls on the 7th month of the Lunar Calendar and is believed by the Chinese that during this month, the gates of hell are opened to let out the hungry ghosts who then wander to seek food on Earth.
Filial Chinese families would celebrate this festival to remember their dead family members and pay tribute to them. At the same time, they also pray and pay tributes to other unknown wandering ghosts so that these homeless souls will not intrude into their daily lives and bring along misfortunes or bad luck.

Let's learn How is the festival celebrated...
As the Chinese is that the dead return to visit their living relatives during the 7th month. At that time thus family means US and OUR FAMILY would prepare a sumptuous meal for the “hungry ghosts” or “Good Brothers” “Ho Hia Di” in Hokkien.
During the 7th months, Chinese will offer to pray their deceased relatives such as burn joss, sticks, paper money and offer food. Besides that, entertainment performances, Chinese Opera will perform on outdoor. There is a belief that this loud of entertainment would attract and please those wandering spirits.

Here some reminders or beliefs for you all:

Things You Should Do:
Make an altar at a crossroad – for easy access and departure for spirits from 4 directions.
Make offerings – food, drinks of the deceased.
Burn “Hell notes” – so it becomes available to ancestors in the kingdom below.
Release paper boats and lanterns in rivers and lakes – it gives directions to spirits.

Talk to your ancestors – they can hear you on this day.

Things You Shouldn’t Do:
Go swimming – it leaves you vulnerable to ghostly interception.
Go outside after sunset – the troubled spirits are everywhere at this time of year.
Move house at this time – it vexes the spirits who can no longer find their ancestral home.
Open a business – it’s just plain bad luck and bad sense.
Hold a wedding ceremony – again, it’s bad luck and bad sense.
Get born on this day – your parents should change your birth-date if you do.
Die on this day – you’ll be whisked away to hell and damnation with all the other spirits.

As my experience, ghost is not that scary… its also same as Human but only they are spirits that cant be touch or seen. can describe as "Invisible Man".

Ghost will not harmful you if you not disturb them.

“Human looks scarier than Ghost” this sentences you heard before?
Human can kill you, eat you, betray you and even more they can did to you.

This few days I just saw a lovely Uncle and Aunty Spirits at the dark road at Kampar old town.
The uncle spirit was fetching his wife (aunty spirit) with his bicycle.
Why I’m saying them is spirit…?
because my friends can’t saw anything at there and just only I can saw the spirits clearly.
Pray hard for them...
Its not look scary for me because I had this six sense since I’m child. From child until now, I can saw the spirits around me.

How lucky if you see spirits while other people can't ? This sentence, I always tell my parents and friends around me.

Thanks for the some website provide information and guide me.

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