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6 Ways to Prepare for the Ghost Month

Keep in mind these handy hints in time for the revered occasion celebrated by the Chinese community

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In just a few days, from July 27 to August 24 to be exact, the gates of hell will open up, unleashing an army of hungry ghosts to roam upon this Earth. Okay, we’re not talking about the latest Hollywood blockbuster. We’re talking about the Ghost Festival, an occasion celebrated by the Chinese community.

These hungry ghosts are either long-forgotten ancestors, unrepentant evil-doers, or beings who passed away in a sudden or violent manner, says Master Hanz Cua, Feng Shui and Astrology expert. They are likely to create mischief, cause despair, or worst, wreak havoc on  unsuspecting people, especially those who do not practice the necessary rituals to appease their hunger.

Master Hanz notes that these days are usually characterized by tragedy and sadness. Some of history’s tragic events usually happen around this time. People would thus do well to postpone potentially life-changing occasions until after the Ghost Festival.

No new businesses are usually opened during Ghost Month. No contracts are signed, no surgeries scheduled, and no extreme travel adventures taken. Suffice it to say that families must not move into new homes during these precarious times, or undertake any major renovation projects.

At home, some moves maybe taken to calm down these restless spirits, says Master Hanz. We've collated all tips into one infographic below --- so feel free to share with your friends!

For more information on Master Hanz Cua, go to www.masterhanzcua.com. You may also contact him at 0922-829-03820922-829-0382 or visit his store, 8 Treasures House of Mystical Charms, at Level 1, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City. 

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Let there be light.

Hungry ghosts are attracted by yin places; these are dark, quiet, depressing-looking locales. So make sure your house is brighly-lit, especially at night. Leave a lamp open in common areas. Doublecheck outdoor lighting fixtures for any broken bulbs, and replace them accordingly.

Check the garden.

Take a look at your grounds and gardens as well. Hungry ghosts like forest-like locations; those with lots of foliage tumbling all over. Before Ghost Month, give your gardens a good trimming. Rid your shrubs of weeds, sweep away fallen leaves and branches.

Do not move things around.

Renovations are an absolute no-no during Ghost Month. It is best too not to start moving your furniture around. Leave things as they are for the meantime.

The use of salt.

Place jars or cups filled with rock salt (not iodized salt) by the main door and window as well as the usually undisturbed nooks and crannies of your home. The rock salt will serve to absorb these bad spirits.

Offer food and light incense.

Make an offering for your dearly departed. Lay out a table filled with food and light a candle in their name. Some opt for fruits and candies; others entire meals. The choice is yours. Light nine sticks of incense and go through every room of the house. Moving clockwise, fill up every room with the fragrant smoke of incense. It will give your house a good cleansing. It is advisable to do this ritual every week during Ghost Month.

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