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It's Hungry Ghost Month

· Quick Tip,feng shui

Hi,

Here's the truth. Ghosts, entities, spirits - call them by whatever name you like - do exist. They are not imaginary but real and are now free to roam for a month, released from the hell realms where they normally reside.

Imagine what it must feel like to be released from prison - what a joyous feeling not to be locked up, to move freely, eat what you desire and visit anyone you like.

But here's the thing. All ghosts are not the same, and in fact some can be quite naughty and malevolent. That's why I always like to remind you to be careful and follow the guidelines for Hungry Ghost Month. This is a good time to leave food offerings outside, burn paper money and light fragrant incense (sandalwood is good). Ghosts are unable to eat or swallow yet they really enjoy the smell of incense and are grateful when it is offered to them.

This year Hungry Ghost Month is from August 16 - September 14, 2023 - the actual celebration day is on August 30th.

I've also given you a powerful incense ritual to perform during the month of August - I hope you will use it. Stay safe and keep an eye out for unusual happenings this month!

What's Hungry Ghost Month All About?
For those of us living in China or SE Asia, Hungry Ghost Month has always been part of our lives. It's just inherent in our culture - like the ancient practice of feng shui. But mentioning hungry ghosts to those who are unfamiliar with this festival may draw a quizzical look or even a few raised eyebrows!

The origin of the Hungry Ghost celebration varies according to Buddhist and Taoist cultures. It is known as the Zhongyuan in Taoism and the Yulanpen Festival to Buddhists. Regardless of the actual beginning, it is still practiced today as it has been for over 2000 years. It is celebrated for an entire month - the seventh month of the Lunar calendar (August 16-September 14, 2023) and the actual Ghost Festival takes place on the 15th day of this lunar month, Wednesday, August 30th.

The origin of the Hungry Ghost celebration varies according to Buddhist and Taoist cultures. It is known as the Zhongyuan in Taoism and the Yulanpen Festival to Buddhists. Regardless of the actual beginning, it is still practiced today as it has been for over 2000 years. It is celebrated for an entire month - the seventh month of the Lunar calendar (August 16-September 14, 2023) and the actual Ghost Festival takes place on the 15th day of this lunar month, Wednesday, August 30th.

If you happen to be visiting Singapore or anywhere else in Asia, you may experience many activities taking place - like Chinese opera on the streets and Lion Dance performances. When you smell the burning of hell money (paper money) in tin cans along the streets and see people making plenty of food offerings to their ancestors or see small altars set up with candles, meats and incense you will know for sure that the hungry ghost festival is taken very seriously. Since both good and bad entities roam the streets during this time, the offerings are meant to help appease and relieve the suffering of all such spirits whether they are your ancestors or not.

The origin of the Hungry Ghost celebration varies according to Buddhist and Taoist cultures. It is known as the Zhongyuan in Taoism and the Yulanpen Festival to Buddhists. Regardless of the actual beginning, it is still practiced today as it has been for over 2000 years. It is celebrated for an entire month - the seventh month of the Lunar calendar (August 16-September 14, 2023) and the actual Ghost Festival takes place on the 15th day of this lunar month, Wednesday, August 30th.

If you happen to be visiting Singapore or anywhere else in Asia, you may experience many activities taking place - like Chinese opera on the streets and Lion Dance performances. When you smell the burning of hell money (paper money) in tin cans along the streets and see people making plenty of food offerings to their ancestors or see small altars set up with candles, meats and incense you will know for sure that the hungry ghost festival is taken very seriously. Since both good and bad entities roam the streets during this time, the offerings are meant to help appease and relieve the suffering of all such spirits whether they are your ancestors or not.

This is the month when yin overpowers yang and when yin energy dominates your space, wandering ghosts and spirits are attracted since they thrive in such an environment. So be sure that any corners of your home or rooms that are unused and left dark are cleaned up and full of light.

The origin of the Hungry Ghost celebration varies according to Buddhist and Taoist cultures. It is known as the Zhongyuan in Taoism and the Yulanpen Festival to Buddhists. Regardless of the actual beginning, it is still practiced today as it has been for over 2000 years. It is celebrated for an entire month - the seventh month of the Lunar calendar (August 16-September 14, 2023) and the actual Ghost Festival takes place on the 15th day of this lunar month, Wednesday, August 30th.

 

 

If you happen to be visiting Singapore or anywhere else in Asia, you may experience many activities taking place - like Chinese opera on the streets and Lion Dance performances. When you smell the burning of hell money (paper money) in tin cans along the streets and see people making plenty of food offerings to their ancestors or see small altars set up with candles, meats and incense you will know for sure that the hungry ghost festival is taken very seriously. Since both good and bad entities roam the streets during this time, the offerings are meant to help appease and relieve the suffering of all such spirits whether they are your ancestors or not.

This is the month when yin overpowers yang and when yin energy dominates your space, wandering ghosts and spirits are attracted since they thrive in such an environment. So be sure that any corners of your home or rooms that are unused and left dark are cleaned up and full of light.

Love,
Lillian