This is a advisory post to tourists who will be coming over this month and not a question.
So the ramadan festival is coming to a halt tomorrow, it dosent mean that the festivals in singapore end here. In fact it continues and is getting more hyped!
So whats on in this bustling city of singapore?
the month of end aug- september means that the gates of hell opens! Yes ghosts,ancestors are free to roam about and receive offerings from fellow human beings. In return human beings are assured of peace and harmony on earth.
Sounds abit odd right? but during this period of time locals will gather for performances, food, auctions and prayers.
here's the explanation
in the heartlands celebrations are held at carparks. which consists of a big stage for getai, a smaller stage for puppet performance, a auction stage and a prayer stage, there will also be places for those bigbig joss sticks to be put at.
getai is very popular in singapore and only shown in this season, its a display of mordern performances, both singing and dancing with a host. this is to entertain the ghosts with modern performances. there will be a seating area for guests to seat, however theres a catch DO NOT SIT ON THE FIRST ROW OF CHAIRS!!.
why so? the first row is reserved for the ghosts as they are VIP's of this festival and therefore the first row is MEANT for them. the show usually begins at around 8pm onwards till 11pm.
next up is a very traditional take to the performance stage. Which is the puppet show here, puppets featuring traditional chinese characters are used and together with traditional instruments . Stories will be told mainly in mandarin/hokkien/dialects. and once again the front row of seats is prohibited from seating.
this is a very old and traditional art, and is quickly fading so not many places will have.
Auctions are also an important part in the 7th month festival as it helps to raise funds for the next year's celebration. As orneous as it sounds a solid piece charcoal(Or-kim) or black gold, heavily decorated is supposed to bring good luck to busniess IS the MOST EXPENSIVE item. next up is the red color rice bin with lots of decorations and paste with the word (man) abundance. Held with a 10 course dinner service and lots of beer.
you can watch this bidding session for free just by watching from the side.
Prayers are held during this month to pray for harmony and good fortune. buckets and buckets of rice, oil, salt,sugar will be offered. in some places luxury foods such as roast piglet, roast duck will be offered. lots and lots of joss paper folded into gold ignots will be burnt together with joss sticks in both large scale and small scale.
unique things this month: no weddings will be held by the chinese as it is very unlucky. also the abundance of ghost movies and haunted houses will be widespread.
hope everyone have a wonderful time here and enjoy yourselves in this festive month.