-Lunar Calender @ Ghost Month 盂蘭節-

THIS POST YOU MAY CHOOSE TO BELIEVE OR JUST READ.. 


I believe that most of the Chinese all around the world (Especially Singaporean and Malaysian) know that start from 17August 2012 till 30th August was ''Ghost Month''.. 
And being a Chinese that religion was Taoism will have a praying ceremony at the road side(拜路邊)..

Well.. We know 拜路邊,but how many of you know how to pray? What to prepare? When to pray? 
This post I gonna share the way to pray to everyone.. =)

Let's start when/what to pray
As the culture of ''Ghost Month'', we have to pray for ''好兄弟''(''Good Brother''..those spirit..) at the day before 1st day of July(Lunar Calender) and 13th of July(Lunar Calender)... As we know.. ''Good Brother''(Okie... or ''Good Sister'') will come out for their ''New Year''...(Human can celebrate New Year.. so.. they got New Year too!!) specifically I'm not sure how they celebrate.. 

BUT YA!!!
They do!!

As we watch movie or google-ing.. GB/GS can't stay below the sunlight... so.. we have to pray at evening around 6 or 7.. cant be too late.. because night time they will be more 阴(pronounce as YIN, more ''powerful'') human like us will be easily being ''disturb''.. 

The thing to Prepare..
Refer as below for the thing have to prepare.. 
 1.Incense Stick (香)
2.Candle (蠟燭)
3."Gui-Ren" Paper (貴人紙)
4."Wang-Sheng" Paper (往生紙)
5.Seven Colour Paper (七彩衣紙)
6.Paper Cloth (紙衣-七彩衣紙的一種)-Another type of Seven Colour Paper
7.Gold & Silver Money (金/銀紙)
8.Road Past Money (過路錢)
9.Biscuit & Sweet (餅乾和糖果)
10.Hell Bank Note (陰司紙)

Basically, we will need this to pray, but you may add more different or more others thing for the praying ceremony.. Get consult from the shop owner who sell that..  


Some SUGGESTION for you guys to praying.. 
1. Normally we praying for GB/GS, one thing in mind is FAST.. BUT not to just simply pray and go.. what I mean is, do the necessary.. take it seriously..
2. NO JOKING, just pray!! NO TALKING, NO CHIT-CHAT!! 
3. Don't bring your children together.(Besuase small child still young.. easy get disturb)
4. Normally we will pray with some biscuit or sweet, remember, don't pray those sweet with MINT flavour.. such as HACKS, MENTOS.. They prefer something SWEET.. (this my papa always remind me.. ) BTW, Coffee flavour still okie..
5. Make sure those paper money burnt well.. DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING..
6. Most of the people said, DON'T EVER TELL OR SAY YOUR OWN NAME - normally we will say something(念念有詞..) but REMEMBER, don't ever tell your name..
7. PLEASE RESPECT THEM AS YOU RESPECT HUMAN... UNLESS YOU NOT RESPECT PEOPLE AROUND YOU.. YOU WILL KNOW AFTERWARDS!!! 

TIPS:
Normally we will have a lot of things to burn, such as paper money(陰司紙,過路錢,往生紙,七彩紙,紙衣..) -  for those can be fold as 元寶(YUAN BAO, a type of money) , it is much more easy to burn.
It is a lot.. ya... I mean really a lot.. you may fold all paper money in advance...

Actually those spirit is like normal human.. just they are live at their own world.. IF you didn't disturb them.. They won't disturb you.. IF you do so OR you ''FEEL'' something.. just pray again.. try to talk to them when you are praying.. burn more money or cloth.. 

LASTLY,
PLEASE RESPECT THEM AS YOU RESPECT HUMAN... UNLESS YOU NOT RESPECT PEOPLE AROUND YOU.. THEY HAVE EMOTION TOO.. DON'T OVER DO OR SAY SOMETHING..

 




5 comments:

  1. Do you pray to guan yin at the same time?.. My dad usually prays to guan yin at a separate corner. And used to do it damn early. Like 5.30 before the sun sets. Mum had been spooked before.. lol

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    1. Leo..as i'm Taoism.. i not really know have to pray GuanYin culture oo..izzit 盂蘭節 is related with GuanYin?

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  2. my house pray everyday for the whole month...
    and we call them as "路頭公" n "路頭嬤"

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    1. hey.. long time no see... yaya.. some use to pray whole month as respect.. =)
      but... recently raining.. sure hard to pray..

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  3. it is great post, guanyin.com.my may teach a lot. (I Think) Kidding... XD
    Any religion also need to respect their practice =)

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