It’s Ghost Month, so we expect ‘hungry ghosts’ roaming among the living to feed.
People are wondering how to feed the hungry ghosts? Do we have to offer food for them? Oh yes, food can be offered to them (atang in local filipino dialect) but I suggest you need to be specific whom to offer the food.
Hungry ghosts are those lost souls including victims of tragedies like murder, rape, accidents, also those forgotten or ignored by their families. Let’s not be scared with roaming ghosts but let’s help them ascend to higher planes of existence by offering them prayers.
We can offer food to random souls (ghosts) that might visit your place during today’s Ghost Festival.
Wikipedia says Ghost Festival also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, Zhongyuan Joe, Gui Jie or Yulan Festival is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in certain Asian countries. Based on the Chinese calendar, the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh month. This is the peak of the Ghost Month and it is believed the gates of Hell are open to let all ghosts to receive food and drinks.
There are Do’s and Don’t’s during Ghost Month: wear light colors like red to keep us lively and protect us from negative vibrations; avoid swimming, major surgery, signing contracts, home constructions, hiring new people, buying condos and also avoid whistling.
Beware of any conflict with anyone especially with your family members and bad emotions are very high during Ghost Festival so don’t let it explode.
Fengshui experts suggest to keep calm and stay cool during Ghost Month and we can offer happy food like roast pork, rice, chicken, beer, cigarettes, and candies or burn paper money (not real money) that make hungry ghosts happy and in return they will give you wealth.
I also suggest to keep your mood up high, smile, listen to happy music, pray and chant for good life. Happy Ghost Festival everyone! Namaste.
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