I hope you managed to get through the first volatile days of August without too much stress and are enjoying the calm energy.
This Friday, the 12th most Chinese people will be performing rituals and saying mantras to celebrate Hungry Ghost Day. It is a full day as all souls are released from the underworld to roam the earth. Some will connect with loved ones, and others, unfortunately, will be getting up to mischief.
The Hungry Ghost Festival, or the Chinese Ghost Festival, is celebrated as a Taoist holiday and a Chinese Buddhist festival. It's Taoist origin focuses on placating spirits escaping the ghost gate. As a Taoism holiday, its objective is to restore peace and balance.
During Hungry Ghost day, temporary altars were set up with offerings to appease other passing spirits from the underworld. Always outdoors some distance away from the house. They included incense and traditional offerings like uncooked rice, peanuts, candies, raw noodles, fruit, rice wine, beer, bags of salt, and even sugar.
If you choose to, you can light candles or create an ancestral altar in your home to acknowledge your ancestors and invite their spirits into your hearth. By doing this, you honour them and all they have done for you.
On the other hand, ensure you protect your home's energy by burning incense such as lavender, white sage, Palo Santo, frankincense and protection. Smudging with Californian white sage also deflects those negative entities that wish to create chaos. Play beautiful music that has mantras and singing bowls sounds. The more peaceful and “high vibrational frequency “the setting - the less negativity wants to hang around.
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