Saturday, August 9, 2008
In Chinese tradition, the thirteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. During the Qingming festival the living descendants pay homage to their ancestors and on Ghost Day, the deceased visit the living.
Attached are some shrines and food offerings (sweets in the shapes of sea creatures) that I came across in Geylang (aka. Singapore's red light district) in honor of the Ghost Month. I think the decorations are so beautiful. FYI. Aside from purtty ladies, Geylang has some of the best outdoor food venues in all of the country.