[vc_row][vc_column][stm_spacer height=”90″ height_mobile=”-100″][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center|color:%233f3f3f” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”14321″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][stm_separator color=”custom” style=”style_3″ custom_color=”#0d97ff” sep_width=”200px” sep_height=”10px” sep_css=”.vc_custom_1571309810608{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_raw_html]JTVCRElTUExBWV9VTFRJTUFURV9TT0NJQUxfSUNPTlMlNUQ=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]The Chinese community has a lot of beliefs and practices surrounding Ghost Month. Originating from the Taoist and Buddhist influences, it supposedly begins on the 8th of August and lasts until the 6th of September.
Although we’re more than halfway through this year’s Ghost Month, there are still some people who are unaware of what this is all about. With this, we rounded up the most important things every individual must know about this month-long ghoulish festival.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]What is it about
It is said that every first day of the seventh lunar month, the Gates of Hell open up where hungry ghosts or lost souls roam the earth to visit their families or find victims among the living. The ghosts who freely roam the earth, along with the living, are believed to be ancestors of people who forgot to pay their rightful tribute after they died, or those who were never given a proper ritual send-off.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]With this belief, Feng Shui experts recommend things that we must avoid doing.
The hungry souls look for food and entertainment as they roam the earth. During this period, there is an imbalance between the energies thus it is believed that we must prevent making major decisions during this month or else it will forever be unfortunate.

  •  Avoid making major financial decisions because the hungry souls will send bad luck. 
  • As much as possible, do not stay out too late at night, avoid wearing all black clothes, and don’t get severely intoxicated with alcohol at night. You would not want to attract bad spirits throughout the month. 
  • Don’t move into a new place. Since there are a lot of roaming souls around, you might be able to bring spirits who will bring curse into your new place.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]On the other hand, Feng Shui experts suggest some practices that we can adapt that shall maintain a good aura in our lives during this month.

  • Pray for the departed souls and those who have been forgotten. Feng Shui experts say that prayers are the most effective way of driving souls away. 
  • Keep your emotional and mental health in a good disposition. Negative aura weakens your aura and makes you look weak, making it easy for souls to get attracted to you, prey on you, and play tricks on you. Souls shall provide you with positive energy if they see that you have a happy outlook in life.  
  • Light up incense and offer these to the souls. The light coming from the incense provides lost souls a sense of hope while the smoke appears to be a bridge for them.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Beliefs revolving Ghost Month are NOT mandatory.
Be reminded that the superstitions about Ghost month do not dictate what shall happen in our lives. 
It’s ok to read up on the practices to know what other people do and believe in but it should not dictate how we behave, ultimately.
We shape our own destiny through hard work and faith, in order to forge a path to a better future. If we were to believe in bad luck and the unfortunate circumstances that go with it, the whole of 2020 and 2021 can be considered one whole ghost month because of all the businesses that closed down, people who lost their jobs, and those who lost their lives. 
This shouldn’t be the case. We should not depend on and fear a “series of unfortunate events” type of situation. It’s not the way to make decisions.
While there are restrictions that hinder us from moving forward, we must take a pause and evaluate whether these are something that we really want to accept. To continuously work hard in order to provide for our families is the one thing that must prevail during this time.

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