August 19 - September 16 Zhongyuan Jie:
Taoists, Buddhists, Chinese folk-religion believers. Offerings to ancestors and all deceased during the 7th Lunar Month.
The new-normal in everyday life brought about by Covid has also affected the para-normal in the other life. It's Hungry Ghost month and news reports on media say that there's quiet where feasting the spirits and folks from the other dimension are concerned. "All quiet"? Hmm. So, minimum celebration then? And the ghosts will really be hungry with less food for them on the empty altars.
We safe-distance ourselves all the time from these super-naturals but now it's with strict Covid by-laws. Aren't we all glad? Not for the believers as practices regarding the seventh lunar month festival has been limited. So reduced activities like prayers, dinners, temple-visits and no music extravaganzas and guitar bands to listen to for pop music enthusiasts.
What's interesting is that Getai performances (pop music shows to please the spirits) will be on-line. It also means that many street shows will be cancelled. I have never attended a Getai before, and would be a novelty to watch these artistes perform on home screen. But it will be a different scenario altogether.Charlie Lim: Getai Soul 2016 YouTube @ Pearl's Hill City Park, Singapore.
According to a musician friend who has participated many times playing lead guitar with his band, the atmosphere will be lost. Many of us have seen these video music presentations on TV and FB. I think he is right.
One question. Will our unseen members of the audience watching be with us at home then? Peeking over our shoulders? Extra folks to accompany us and enjoying the Getai too? And I am serious!
So if you see your refrigerator door left open and the aroma of food in the middle of the night drifting to your bedroom be known that the hungry ones are around. Even they are careful and stay home to eat for fear of Covid-19.
A Blessed Hungry Ghost Month to all devotees!