In Chinese culture, the seventh month of the lunar calendar is regarded as Ghost Month. This is when the gates of hell are open and its inhabitants roam our earthly plane.
This year’s ghost month is from August 14 to September 12.
Those who don’t believe in ghosts and spirits will still appreciate the fact that this is traditionally a time for families to remember and pay respect to deceased loved ones. Traditional customs include preparing meals and burning paper money for the deceased: to feed and provide funds for your departed loved ones’ bank account in heaven and to bribe the evil ghosts so that they won’t bother your family.
If they are unfed or are not given tribute, they get angry and will cause mischief and problems for the rest of the year.
If you are Chinoy or have Chinoy friends whose families are sticklers for following customs, you may be slightly familiar at the very long list of forbidden activities during this month. Lest you annoy or incur the wrath of the ghosts who are roaming around, here are a few of them:
What other activities are you forbidden to do by your parents or grandparents during Ghost Month? Share in the comments below!