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Festivals and Holidays D david-tan December 02, 2012 213
A festival that is not catching up with society.
(Updated: December 18, 2012)
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1.5
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1.5
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1.5
My family might not celebrate Hungry Ghost Festival religiously but there are some taboos that we do observe during the month. For example, both my sister and I are warned not to step on any joss sticks or speak foul words that might offend the spirits from hell.

For a few years before I went to NTU and became too busy, I was curious and accompanied my dad as he burnt and make offerings and burnt paper monies to appease the hungry spirits. It was pretty surreal as I watch sparks flying out of the burnt paper.

In retrospect, I do not think the beliefs and ceremonies inherent in this festival still hold any relevance to the youths of my generations anymore except for some very basic taboos.
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