In case you didn’t know, the Hungry Ghost Festival doesn’t start in the last week of August this year. The first day will instead fall on 5 Sep because there’s a leap month this Lunar Year—so all special occasions been pushed back, including next year’s Chinese New Year (which has been scheduled for 16 Feb).
Maybe the festival doesn’t really bother you. Or maybe it does. Either way, it’s always good to be respectful, so we’ve rounded up some of our Chinese mothers’ top Hungry Ghost Festival superstitions so you can better “protect” yourself.
We already know not to sit at the front row of getais (because they’re reserved for the unseen) and to not go swimming at all (becauses spirits who died by drowning will want you to “take their place” in the netherworld). You may have heard some of the other beliefs we’re about to share before, but hey, there’s no smoke without fire.
And really, being a millennial doesn’t make you any less vulerable to age-old forces… whatever they could be.
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