Friday, August 21, 2009
Hungry Ghost Festival
The Hungry Ghost Festival is here again. Today marks the first day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar.
It is believed that for one month, starting today, the gates of hell will open letting out inhabitants of the other world where they are free to roam the earth - something like a yearly vacation.
Chinese of Taoist/Buddhist faith will light up incense and candles as well as offer food, clothes, money and other items including houses, cars, high-tech products like VCRs and others. You can read more about this festival in the Hungry Ghost Festival post.
During this month, any significant personal activity will most probably not be scheduled. Engagements and weddings will not happen, so will house-moving and business-launchings. There will normally be more overcast weather and rain in the 7th month where stray ghosts and lost souls share the earth with the living. Swimming activity will also be reduced. People are extra mindful and cautions.
I have not personally encountered anything unearthly (thank goodness) but I do believe in the other world. Tell me what you think of these spooky tales.
Most of you would have heard or know of a haunted place in your town or city. Kuala Lumpur has some favourite haunted spots herself. See if you are familiar with these 10 haunted places in KL as compiled by Klue from suggestions submitted by its readers.
Do you have any ghostly tale to share? Come on, tell..