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Hungry Ghost Festival at Tiong Bahru Market

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1) Prayers for Hungry Ghost festival is held at the market’s main lobby

The Hungry Ghost Festival (中元节) falls on the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is an important yearly tradition where our market association prays to and reciprocate the spirits for their blessings to keep the market safe and prosperous. The market association marks a day within the 2 weeks of the Hungry Ghost Festival to hold elaborate prayers and offerings. This is followed by a dinner and auction before the end of the week. Let’s take a look at the interesting happenings on the day of the offering.

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The offerings are all neatly stacked

2) The offerings are all neatly stacked.

 

The offerings from another angle

2a) The offerings from another angle

 

This section on the floor consists of toys for “children”

 3) This section on the floor consists of toys for “children”.

 

Huge roasted pigs

4) Huge roasted pigs

 

And toasted duck for everyone

5) And roasted duck for everyone

 

More Ducks to go around

6) More Ducks to go around

 

Boxes of groceries for praying to be distributed to members later

7) Boxes of groceries for praying to be distributed to members later

 

This is the main altar

8) This is the main altar

 

9) Another smaller altar at the back

9) Another smaller altar at the back

 

These are the items to be auctioned off during the dinner later this week

10) These are the items to be auctioned off during the dinner later this week

 

Even more items for auction

11) Even more items for auction

 

A table for the ‘brothers’

12) A table for the ‘brothers’

 

No expenses spared

13) No expenses spared

 

Joss sticks are placed all everything to demarcate them for the ‘brothers’

14) Joss sticks are placed all everything to demarcate them for the ‘brothers’

 

Prayers begin

15) Prayers begin

 

People offer joss sticks

16) People offer joss sticks

 

This year’s lucky 炉主(Altar Owner) and 副炉主(Deputy Altar Owner) in front of the lucky number ‘7889’. HUAT Ah!

17) This year’s lucky 炉主(Altar Owner) and 副炉主(Deputy Altar Owner) in front of the lucky number ‘7889’. HUAT Ah!

 

it has been a few hours already

18) it has been a few hours already

 

Getting ready to burn the joss paper

19) Getting ready to burn the joss paper

 

Stacking the joss paper

20) Stacking the joss paper

 

More people helping out

21) More people helping out

 

Wannabe artistic shot

22) Wannabe artistic shot

 

The joss paper is almost filled to the brim

23) The joss paper is almost filled to the brim

 

24) Burning in process

24) Burning in progress

 

while the joss paper is burning, the roasted pigs are sent upstairs to be cut into smaller portions

25) While the joss paper is burning, the roasted pigs are sent upstairs to be cut into smaller portions

 

 the crackling sound from the roasted pig being cut makes my mouth water

 26) The crackling sound from the roasted pig being cut makes my mouth water

 

Everyone helps to pack up the ducks for distribution

27) Everyone helps to pack up the ducks for distribution

 

after the ducks, on to the fruits and Kuehs

28) After the ducks, on to the fruits and Kuehs

 

29) everything is chaotic but strangely efficient

29) Everything is chaotic but strangely efficient

 

the event is over after everyone collects their share

30) The event is over after everyone collects their share

 

31) this is the full package. It costs $120 for a year’s membership and we get all these plus seats for the coming week’s dinner. Major value!

31) This is the full package. It costs $120 for a year’s membership and we get all these plus seats for the coming week’s dinner. Major value!

 

 a closer look at my portion of the duck and roast pork

32) A closer look at my portion of the duck and roast pork

 


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