usually the chinese 7th month Ghost also known as Hungry Ghost Festival falls in August which happens to be SG's National Day period. this year's interesting for national day aug 9 is on lunar 14th day. Hell Gate Open Date!
in taoism Getai (stage performance), the front row is left vacant. it's meant for the Visitors from Hell to watch the show! will the NDP organiser prepare that too since the national day parade is on the Grand Day? so if you were to be at the parade & spot 1 special row of empty seats, don't chop it happily. it isn't mean for Living Being!
also at the parade, don't anyhow smile to the one next to you. for your neighbour might tickle you with tongue 3 feet long! it's their month, they call the shot!
the good ones are granted early release, maybe 1 weak earlier. on the last day of the 7th mth, all are supposed to return. well, many will try to escape, AWOL. Hell is a Hell place! they'll hide near/in tree, better still Vacant Property! Don't leave your house vacant in that month! they'll become PR than legal owners. and you, tenant!
after that month. the Hell Guards, commonly known as Ox Head, Horse Face, will come to earth to hunt the runaway ones. if your luck is very very low, best don't stay out late in the night..... for the guards might mistaken & take you away!
interestingly, in Buddhism, lunar 7th month is Buddha Happy Month. in the old school, devotees can invite Monks to stay at their premises.
27/7, lunar 7th mth 1st day: i could sense that "They" are strong/fierce this year! don't come home late in the night. best by 10pm. if you can't then pray hard, wear/carry amulets, jade or crystal. stay away when see people burn offering as you might be obstructing 'Them". walk carefully. don't step on ashes of the offerings. my neighbour's young daughter stepped on them. from then on hardly grow & became insane! bring in hang-out clothes by sunset. belief that "They' might stick to it! 6.12pm.
for taboo & other related Ghost matters, kindly surf my earlier page: 7th month 2014 and Supernatural & Unbelievable.
Lunar 6th mth 24th day, is the Birthday of the Great Warrior of the 3 Kingdoms, GUAN DI or GUAN GONG. proper name Guan Yun Chang or Guan Yu. also recognised as the God of War & Martial Wealth God. He's famous for Loyalty, Bravery & Brotherhood. in Taoism, there're Temples built in memory of Him. in Buddhism, He's called Jia Nan Busa, guarding the Southern Heaven Gate, with a sword instead of the usual knife. in hong kong, many if not all police stations have a statue of Guan Gong. it's also in the underground society.
let me take this great day to share with you my relationship with Him.
in the mid-80s, Goddess of Mercy in a dream, instructed me to buy a Blue & White robe Guan Gong statue from a taiwanese emporium in people's park complex. His knife was movable! haven't seen white/blue robe! knife blade movable! the emporium is still around.
1 sunday went with a pal to check it out. Wow! really there's! the salesgirl said only 1 left & gave a discount coz the porcelain blade wasn't properly clued with the long bamboo handle. that's why it can move. dream came true! the height of the statue was more than 30 cm.
very carefully, the pal drove me to Man Fatt Lam temple. the late Rev Fa Kuen was totally impressed by the statue. sometime later, She enshrined it.
many years before the dream, i was always attracted by a large heroic picture of Guan Di, His's Godson Guan Ping, & colleague & sworn brother Zhang Fei hung on the wall of my granny's shop. her company prayed to it. when they decided to close shop, she can't give me that picture. coz she said worshipped before can only be burnt & not give away. as a consolation, she passed me the Urn & Sutra. both items now are antique.
the other sworn brother was Liu Bei. the 3 of them showed what Brotherhood is all about.
the White China Urn was with Blue Dragons motif which you won't believe it, matches the dream Guan Gong of Blue Robe very well!
one day my mother came back with a beautiful print of the 3 gentlemen. she told me she saw it when shopping. it's quite similar of what her mum had but much smaller in size.
statue or picture, common pose of Him carries Big Knife or Book. some prints show He, Zhang Fei & Guan Ping.
it usually rain on His Birthday. folk tale said that He sharpens his Knife to meet the guy who chopped off his Head! 'Return My Head'. Cao Cao, the famous rival, treated Guan Gong as his buddy. many times he persuaded Guan Gong to join him. but his loyalty was only with his own army.
firm belivers of Guan Di especially from the Taoism's section don't consume beef. it's stated in His Sutra, no beef. witness that will throw out if eat such meat. many movies & tv dramas were made to highlight Guan Gong in one way or another. He means Loyalty, Bravey, Justice, & No Nonsense.
often couples come with 'dream date' for their big day, eg birthday, rom anniversary, 1st date etc. i'll try to work on their request. VIP, the proposed date for their ceremonial wedding must be in harmony with the date of birth of them including both side parents.
another common request is the wedding date ideally be on weekends. well this's to convenient the guests for the banquet. i'll try but no promise. VIP, the date must be auspicious & suit the couples & families, in material it's weekday or weekend. moreover some guests even on a weekend might come unhappily coz he or she actually wishes not to be invited. if the guest is pleased to attend the wedding, even on an odd monday, will come gladly.
if to trace history, auspicious date is even for the man to propose the marriage, meet the parents, engagement etc. now in the modern society the following functions are to be observed:
Registry of Marriage (once you sign on the paper, you're Husband & Wife, even the ceremonial or chinese wedding were to be a year later). anything can happen if Inauspicious date were used.
Ceremonial Wedding (time to fetch the bride, tea ceremony etc).
Gift Exchange (the man brings all the goodies to the girl's side).
Bed Placement (decorate the bridal chamber & set up the Bed).
Auspicious Date will bring all the Good Luck to the couples & families. Good Kids too.
Xiaxue the famous blogger's ROM date was changed by me! see earlier post Xiaxue I Do.
i've the know how to pick dates for the future & not wait till the almanac to be printed. example now i'm ready to select DATE for 2017. such work benefit many couples as well as venue operators.
get in touch with me if you wish to have early & the best dates!
consultation is by appointment only, 11am to 9pm daily. on-the-spot selection. english or chinese date of birth of the couple & parents needed. ph 67450023, email firstname.lastname@example.org.