The 7th lunar month, also known as the Ghost Month, is rooted in Buddhist and Taoist culture, where the souls of the dead are believed to roam the earth. From making offerings of food, money and entertainment to returning home early, there are plenty of dos and don’ts during the Hungry Ghost Festival. But have you gotten it right? We interviewed Grand Master Tan Khoon Yong of Way Fengshui Group to better understand some of these local customs, and learn how to stay safe at home. Read on!
Don’t move into a new home
Somehow, we have been indoctrinated to believe that we will invite spirits into our humble abode should we move house during this month. Well, it’s perfectly fine to move house during the 7th lunar month. If you’re still worried, simply arrange for an auspicious date with your fengshui (geomancy) Master for you to move. You may even bring in good fortune for the entire family!
Don’t conduct home renovation
Legend has it that spirits might haunt you if you were to disturb their rest due to your renovation works. Though, we’re pretty sure that you’ll be more concerned about your angry neighbours instead. Once again, renovating during the 7th lunar month is no cause for concern. You may want to worry about the home renovation costs instead.
Don’t kill the insects in your home
Time for a fact check! The traditional custom of not killing any insects, especially moths, is followed within 7 days of any of your family members’ passing. This has little to do with the 7th lunar month.
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Keep your laundry indoors
During the 7th lunar month, try not to hang your laundry outside overnight. It is recommended to keep your laundry in your home as smoke from the offerings may cause your clothes to smell, and attract the wandering spirits.
Related article by Way Fengshui: - 4 Things You Should Know About Renovating or Moving House During the 7th Lunar Month
Take down that wind chimes
Notice the similarity of a Chinese funeral prayer and wind chimes? According to Grand Master Tan, spirits are attracted to the sound of wind chimes. Hence, it is best not to hang any wind chimes decorations at home.
Burn offerings to wandering spirits
In case you worry that you will be down on luck if you don’t make offerings, you should know that this traditional practice is like donating money – nobody will blame you if you don’t donate. Nevertheless, be careful not to step on these offerings as you may get burnt.
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Purchase property during 7th month
Caught sight of your dream home but hesitating to buy because it’s the 7th lunar month? There’s actually no taboo, and all you need to do is to select an auspicious date based on your Bazi (birth details).
Stay safe at home
Whether or not you believe in ghosts or superstitions, it makes sense to approach certain taboos and sensitivities with respect and understanding. In addition to the above, you can stay safe at home yearlong (not just during the 7th lunar month) by practising home safety measures and ensuring you have a comprehensive home insurance in place.
This article is written in collaboration with Way Fengshui Group. Information is accurate as at 13 August 2019.
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