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Myths about the Chinese 7th month

Q1. Avoid staying out late.

Reply: In a densely populated urban area such as Singapore, there is no need to be concerned about staying out late, even for a late-night party."

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Unfortunately, there is a small minority of individuals who lack the necessary aura or yang qi to protect themselves at all times. The majority of us, fortunately, belong to the 98 percentile and do not fall into that 2 percent category.

Meet the unfortunate 2 percent:

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Q2. Is it advisable to refrain from swimming in the 7th month?

Reply: It is widely recognized that typical hungry Ghosts reside in a separate realm and are expected to refrain from interacting with or frightening ordinary individuals.

Q3. What about those leaving offerings to the ghosts during the 7th month? Are they doing good?

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Reply: The spirits may not necessarily descend to the ground to partake in the offerings left for them. Instead, they may view these items in a similar light to how Singaporeans proudly display National Day flags during celebrations. In essence, the offerings are akin to the vibrant decorations seen in Chinatown leading up to Chinese New Year festivities.

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Q4.  Are there a higher number of wakes and funerals held during the Chinese 7th month compared to other months of the year?

Statistically, mortality rates remain consistent across all twelve months of the year, barring specific incidents of mass tragedies. The notion that death is more prevalent during a particular time of year is unfounded. Embrace the Chinese 7th month as you would any other month, focusing on living with kindness, affection, and appreciation for the present moment.

Q5. Do the spirits during the seventh month of the lunar calendar truly experience hunger?

The spirits exist in a separate realm or dimension, unable to access our physical world to partake in offerings unless they possess a medium's body. This leads to the misunderstanding that the Chinese Lunar Ghost Month was originally known as the Chinese Hungry Ghost month.

Q6. Is it beneficial to burn offerings to applease the Ghosts?  Can I do away with yearly burning of paper items?

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For instance, even if one were to burn hell notes, ingots, paper cars, iPhones, or houses, they will not magically transform into money in the afterlife.

However, if this ritual brings happiness or relief to the person performing it, then it has fulfilled its purpose.

Many Buddhists and Taoists suggest that performing acts of kindness and doing good deeds is a more meaningful alternative to burning such offerings.

Priests, nuns, and monks often view the burning of these offerings as a symbolic gesture representing the concept of "ashes to ashes."

They believe that this act serves as a reminder that material wealth cannot be taken to the afterlife. Burning paper ingots will not result in real ingots being delivered to the deceased. It is simply not feasible for charred paper to transform into gold bars.


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Do you believe in the existence of ghosts? If No, skip this...

Like humans, ghosts also comes in all shapes and sizes:-

The good:-

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The bad one. The bad one does not only come out during the Chinese 7th Lunar month. The bad one or often called the DARK one comes and goes 24/7. But they prefer to haunt a location... rarely encounter these unless one goes to a place haunted by them.

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I caught a ghost in a photo!

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1. Based on a reality check, is it feasible to wait until after the 7th month to open the door?

2. It truly depends on the above-mentioned factors.

3. Therefore, it is not advisable for me to suggest otherwise.

4. However, if I were to be informed later that I must move in before 9 September, which is still within the 7th month, or that waiting until after the 7th month is not an option, then there is no point in discussing this matter at all. If it is necessary, then it is necessary. In Singapore, there is no such thing as camping at East Coast, Punggol, Sembawang, West Coast Park with all your belongings. The authorities will certainly fine you.

5. Since you did not address the matter mentioned in Paragraph 4, "A need to move-in by yesterday sort-of-thing," then I assume it is safe to wait until after the 7th month, right?

6. Furthermore, by the time you collect your keys, there will be less than three weeks before the end of the 7th month, so it is safe to play it safe.

Other considerations:
7. Is the property vacant for a long time or has it just been vacated?

7.1. Another factor to consider is if the premises has been left vacant for several months, it is a better excuse to not move in during the 7th month.

7.2. But if the existing owner/tenants had just moved in a few days ago, then it is a better feeling to...

8. Lower floors have a higher probability than very high floors like 30 storeys, as it requires more effort to go up higher floors. There are greater concerns for 8th storeys or lower, especially ground floors or 2nd storeys.


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2 minutes ago, Hozijian84 said:

Hi

I do not need to move in so soon. So it is better to wait till after 7 th mth then open door.

The unit is vacant for 1.5mth... if I open the door after 7 mth.. anything I  need to do or just follow the standard open door Ritual.

 

Thanks 

Yes, you have just answered the question.

Pure common sense. If can wait or "tahan". Why not?


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More on the Chinese 7th Lunar Month

1. There are few remaining cemeteries in SGP, so it is best to avoid entering unless absolutely necessary. If you do find yourself there, it is advisable to go in the early morning hours.

2. Whistling while walking alone on a deserted road at night is not recommended. It is better to wear earphones and listen to traffic sounds while walking home.

3. It is illegal to urinate on trees or plants, so it is important to avoid doing so to prevent any legal consequences.

4. Accidentally kicking or stepping on roadside offerings is unavoidable at times. In such cases, a polite apology is the best course of action.

5. Making jokes or disrespectful comments about offerings is considered inappropriate. It is best to leave the area if the smell of burning incense is overwhelming.

6. When attending a Chinese Opera, it is customary not to rush to sit in the first two rows.

7. If you smell a scent while walking, it is best to walk away from it rather than following it like a hound-dog.

8. Avoid picking up interesting objects found on the road, as they may be valuable items left behind. It is best to ignore them and continue on your way.

9. Standing under a large tree at night for shelter is not advisable. It is better to carry an umbrella, but avoid using a red one. Ladies should also avoid wearing all red clothing and red high heels.

10. Hanging solid rod wind chimes at home may attract negative energy, so it is best to avoid doing so.

11. If you feel a presence behind you, it is best not to look back. Keep walking and, if necessary, run to safety.

12. For gamblers, it is best to avoid seeking lottery numbers from trees.

 


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Chinese 7th Lunar Month1.gifMorning Master Cecil, a question on Reno timing cos I have not gotten my unit yet.
If my Reno starts b4 1st Aug 2019 (start of 7th month) n if e Reno period will be thru out e 7th mth.
Do we stop Reno n restart after or we can continue thru out e 7th mth?

Reply: No worries can continue during 7th month

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Question: Hi Master Cecil, becuase my reno is going to continue to 7th month, anything I need to do to ensure smooth sailing?
Did the reno ritual per your manual on auspicious day already.

Comments: 

Make sure the house is not "tidy". To ensure that those things see your uncompleted house and decide to (instead) stay at your neighbour's unit.

This is the most practical solution, lah

Question: So throughout that month, must remain messy?

Comments: 

Common sense says.. try to. 

Just imagine... they are also like humans. If the house is extremely clean. And ready for occupation... as a human being... would you want to occupy this empty home?

Or a "messy" one. 

To play safe that's all. Don't you want to play safe? Or as in SGP = Kiasu? Ah?

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Question: But next friday falls within lunar 7th month..is there anything we should so or look out for?

[hidden], specially for your first time open door this Friday: (Avoid the full First-time-open door procedure]

1. Go up to your unit.
2. Get ready to open, knock on the door three times
3. Open the door
4. Yell "PIng An Fa Cai, Huat Ah"
5. Throw in a pineapple
6. Place the pineapple at the centre of the living room
7. Bring in the fa gao (Huat Quay) and also place at the centrepoint
8. REMEMBER to bring both items home on Friday!
9. Pineapple can own time own target eat any time or place in the fridge for near future consumption.
10. Fa Gao.. usually eat a pinch of it.. or bought several days ago.... leave in the existing home. And throw away 4 days later.

Hope the above helps.


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Qn: Hi Cecil, is defect rectifications works considered part of renovation during 7 month festival..

Comments:

Okay to do rectifcations during 7th month.

Imagine... "they" are like us. If the house is dusty and dirty and not live in condition.. they may or would just go next door. LOL

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Question: How many joss sticks to light up?

1. According to the concept of Yin and Yang, odd numbers such as 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 represent Yang energy, while even numbers like 2, 4, 6 represent Yin energy.

2. When lighting joss sticks, it is recommended for individuals to light up either 1 or 3 joss sticks at a time.

2.1. Alternatively, lighting two (2) wax candles for prayer is also a suitable option.

3. In religious settings, it is common to see worshippers lighting up 9 joss sticks. As previously mentioned, the number 9 is considered appropriate.

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If one looks closely (below) the receptacle contains Three (3) burning joss sticks...

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4. Scenes from Year 2019 7th lunar month which starts on 1st August 2019...

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The Catholic Church has expressed their willingness to accommodate this... (burning joss sticks + igniting candles)...

Several clergy members have addressed this issue in various public platforms, debates, and even in CatholicNews publications. While some believe that holding joss sticks is a sign of honoring the deceased, others argue that joss sticks are similar to the candles lit by Catholics to remember the departed. In certain regions, joss sticks are utilized during Mass instead of candles.

However, numerous Christian denominations view this practice as a form of "devil worship" and caution their followers against partaking in it.

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Question: Hi master sorry is been quite a while. As my tenant is only able to move out on 16 Aug 2020 which I believe falls within the lunar 7th month? That's to say we cannot start the renovation?

Reply:

The idea of the 7th month is that if the house is empty ... some entity (or entities) may want to "live" there.

Thus if the house is immediately vacant in the 7th month, again the idea is that these wondering ghosts may just drop by during 7th month.

Thus, if they already "own" the house ... and if one were to start renovations.. when they are around... this is really bad.

Alternatively, if by chance the day the tenants move-out; and the next day you take over.. can start renovations...

Client: Okok but do I still to perform the customs of move in and renovation?
Client: If yes I have to follow an auspicious date provided by u?

Reply:

Frankly, first time take over is 1st time open door procedure. Should not...do so during 7th month.

Just do a symbolic start of renovations.. if the vacant home is just a day or two away from key collection.

Yes, nice to choose an auspicious date - but if it is too far off from the start of renovations, then skip it

More important is the move-in procedure..

The latest Handbook of Chinese Customs on 1st time open door, start of renovations and move-in can be found under this url: [url removed, here] 

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The Sunday Times - Life

Sunday, August 23, 2020

While there are notions of the spirit world as macabre and foreboding, there is also a counterpoint found in Chinese culture that spirits are to be appeased. The annual Chinese tradition of the Hungry Ghosts Month has nothing to do with the fear factor.

Also referred to as the Seventh Lunar Month, which this year started last Wednesday (Aug 19) and which ends on Sept 16, it is a time when reverence for the departed is encouraged.

According to fengshui master Mr Cecil Lee of Geomancy.Net, it is also a time to debunk myths and superstitions surrounding the spirit world.

“The Chinese Ghost Month teaches two virtues - giving generously and expressing gratitude,” says Mr Lee who is in his 60s  who has been advising clients on geomancy matters since 1996.

"It is an occasion to offer food and incense papers to demonstrate generosity. In fact, these are the two main reasons that Buddhists consider the Seventh Lunar Month auspicious. It gives them an opportunity to offer prayers in honour of the dead.”

Mr Lee says that according to Chinese traditions, the primary purpose of the Ghost Month is not to scare devotees but to impart a sense of giving and honouring the dead.

“During this period, there is respect for the departed,” shares Mr Lee. “However, if one is anxious about leaving the home at night, it is advisable to be accompanied by a family member or friend.”

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