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Avoid Bad Luck During Ghost Month

It will be from August 22 to September 19

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Photography: Dairy Darilag and Pat Martires (Main Photos)

By now, many of us are familiar with the dreaded Ghost Month. The Hungry Ghost Festival is a Taoist and Buddhist festival which usually falls on the seventh month (known as the Ghost Month) of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the Gates of Hell are opened on the first day of the Ghost Month, allowing the ghosts and spirits of one’s ancestors to roam our world. It also honors the ancestors—as the family members offer food, light incense, and burn paper money for the spirits to use.

This year, the Ghost Month covers the period of August 22 to September 19. Some believe that spiritually, it will be a dangerous time—as spirits are believed to visit their families as well as exact revenge on those who wronged them. With such beliefs, many postpone important meetings, moving house, starting a business, and major construction work during this time. Whether you believe in the Ghost Month or not, it's not a bad thing thing to take note of a few reminders and pamahiin to stay safe during this inauspicious period. Check out the common beliefs below:

1. Keep the house well-lit.

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