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Chinese Ghost Month Taboo / 鬼月禁忌

Chinese Ghost Month Taboo / 鬼月禁忌

Updated :- In year 2016, The chinese hungry ghost month will begin on 3rd August 2016 and will end on the 31st August 2016

In year 2015, The chinese hungry ghost month will begin on 14th August 2015 and will end on the 12th September 2015.

In year 2014, The chinese hungry ghost month will begin on 27th July 2014 and will end on the 24th August 2014.

In year 2013, The chinese hungry ghost month will begin on 7th of August 2013 and end on the 4th September 2013.

In year 2012, The chinese hungry ghost month will begin on 17th of August 2012 and end on the 15 September 2012.

In year 2011, The chinese hungry ghost month will begin on 31st of July 2011 and ends on the 28th of August 2011.

In year 2010, The chinese hungry ghost month will begin on the 10th of August and end on the 7th of September.

The Chinese ghost month or commonly known as the Hungry Ghost festival falls on the 7th Month of the chinese lunar calendar. At this time, the gate of hell is opened so the spirit and soul of the otherworld is free to roam on ours.

Listed are things that one should avoid doing during the chinese seventh lunar month aka the hungry ghost festival. NOTE:- Much of this has been told down to me by the elders. DO not take it too seriously.

01) One should not pee on a tree because it may offend the spirits that resides there.

02) It was said that young people should not wander around too late into the night during the ghost festival for fear that spirits would follow the individual home.

03) It is bad luck to kick or disturb offering to the hungry ghost such as joss stick, candle and food offerings. All these item are mean for appeasing the spirits and ghost.

04) It is also inauspicious for couple to get married during the hungry ghost month.

05) During the month, Chinese Operas would be staged to perform and entertain the spirits and soul during the hungry ghost festival. Usually the front row of seats are reserve for the spirits so it is not advisable to sit on it especially during the first day of the festival. It is said that one may get possess if the individuals luck is low.

06) It would be best to avoid swimming during this month as victims death by drowning may cause the individual to drown. Some has experience their leg been drag/pull into the water.

07) During this month it is not auspicious to visit a sick person in the hospital, attend an funeral, moving house and starting a new business.

08) Avoid talking about ghost during this month as it may offend wandering spirits.

09) Wearing black clothing are consider inauspicious during this time of the year too. So is red if I’m not wrong.

10) It is advisable not to have the main door of a premise open all night long. This apparently will invite negative energy into the house.

11) Leaving an umbrella open outside the house in the night is also considered a no-no as spirits may take shelter under them.

12) Opening an umbrella INSIDE the house after it was used in the night is also not advisable. It is said that one may bring/carry in spirits to the house.

13) One should also avoid going into a jungle during this time. Tree with long leaves are consider very yin and it’s not advisable to take shelter there.

14) One must also not kill any rare insect (moth, grasshopper, butterfly, etc) that visits the house during this time. They apparently are manifestation of spirits or ancestors paying a visit.

15) To begin/start renovation to your premise during this time is inauspicious. This is said to be disturbing any spirit/soul residing there.

16) I was told that moving/placing a fish tank into a house this month is also considered inauspicious. Water is considered a Yin element.

17) Celebrating birthdays in the middle of the night during the seventh Chinese ghost month is inauspicious.

18) Taking out wet clothes for drying in the night. Apparently, Spirits would try them on and will bring misfortune to whoever that wears it after.

19) High heel shoes are also not advisable during this time. I was told that spirits/soul could easily possess the victim when their heel are high up. But do not worry as the person would need to be in a very bad luck to be effected.

20) It is inauspicious to have the chopstick stab onto the rice while eating. Do this would signify that the food is an offering to the good brothers/spirits.

21) The chinese believe that each person contain an unseen trinity fire which is located on the forehead and shoulders. These are to protect them from been possess and bad luck. It would be advisable not to pat anybody shoulder or forehead at this time.

22) During this ghost month it is advisable not too look back or respond when somebody calls your name from your back.

23) Do not place your sandals facing the headboard of your bed to avoid unwanted spirit sleeping along.

24) Avoid taking photographs in the evening. Having a photo taken with the spirits is inauspicious and may led to trouble.

25) One should avoid playing with spiritual games like the Ouija Board, Spirit Pen, etc.

To know more about offering to the hungry ghost do read my small article Praying to Hungry Ghost

NOTE:- Kindly understand that we DO NOT provide any DATE SELECTIONs services. However, we strongly feel that if you plan to do anything important, it would be advisable to select an auspicious date to do so.




1) 七月时候尽量不要在一棵樹上撒尿,因為這可能會得罪駐留在樹里或停留的好兄弟陰魂。

2) 七月时候尽量不要遊荡到三更半夜会很容易让陰魂跟着你回家。

3) 七月时候不要去踢到或擾亂提供給陰魂亨用供品和祭品,比如香,蠟燭和食物,金銀纸種類等等。

4) 七月时候是不吉利的月份比較不适合情侶在这期間結婚如果是没办法情况下尽量选择吉日。

5) 七月时候会有中國戲曲或舞台在中元節期間娛樂给陰魂观看,通常前排座位是保留给好兄弟鬼魂坐的,因此人是不可坐在上面的。

6) 七月时候不要去海边和河边游泳会很容易溺水让陰魂找替身。

7) 七月尽量不要去醫院看望病人和參加葬禮,等等

8) 七月时候避免在這個月談鬼,因為這样可能比较會得罪好兄弟陰魂。

9) 在七月时候尽量不要穿太多黑色衣服会影响运气没那么好,建议穿黄或红和鲜艳颜色。

10) 七月时候到晚上不要把大門开放一整夜這样很容易把好兄弟鬼魂招進屋子里。

11) 七月时候晚上不要在屋子外打开雨傘,很容易让好兄弟陰魂会附在雨傘里。

12) 七月时候尽量不要在屋子里面撑开雨傘是属于收魂的法器容易让陰魂躲藏在里面。

13) 七月时候應該避免在這段時間進入叢林樹大葉子茂盛被認為是很陰,好兄弟陰魂会在陰森的地方暫避。

14) 七月时候不能殺死任何稀有昆蟲(蛾,蝗蟲,蝴蝶等)会可能是好兄弟阴魂或祖先化身。

15) 七月时候裝修房子或公司這段時間都是属于不吉利的时候。

16) 在七月期间移動在屋子里面的魚缸都是不吉利的。

17) 七月时候期間慶祝生日尽量不要到半夜也是不吉利的。

18) 七月时候不要在晚上把湿衣挂在屋外晒会让陰魂试穿过,人再拿出来穿会影响到运气不好。

19) 七月时候在晚上尽量不要穿高跟鞋会很容易让陰魂上身。

20) 七月时候尽量在吃饭时后不要把筷子插在白饭上面,只有在供奉(好兄弟)时才会把筷子插在白饭。

21) 七月时候尽量不要拍打两肩及头顶,人有三把火就在三个地方拍熄对方的火容易让陰魂找麻烦。





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288 comments to Chinese Ghost Month Taboo / 鬼月禁忌

  • avatar Anna Lissa Tan

    my birthday is on August 5 and my husband’s birthday is on August 12. We will have our birthday celebration on August 14. We just moved last May and we decided to have the house blessing on August 14 as well. I have read that it is not good to have a house blessing on ghost month. is there any “pangontra” because I already schedule the priest on Saturday.

    • avatar AdminMy72dragon

      Hi, You should consult your priest. If the priest could take up a date on the ghost month,i believe he/she is able to bless the house. Not too sure what “pangontra” means.

  • avatar Wong

    Hi would like to ask if I can jog around 635am in the morning at seven month period..

    Pls advice…

    Thank you.

    • avatar AdminMy72dragon

      Hi, Ive not heard about not jogging in the ghost month period. Depending on where you are at, at 635am , i’ll be worry on getting mug.

  • avatar melissa.cabrera

    Hi, I would like to us if September 12 is a good date? coz I am planning to take exam on that date.

    Thanks in advance!

  • avatar Window15

    hi, im planning to buy a new bed mattress, is it ok to purchase during/start of ghost month this aug. 14?

  • avatar Justin

    What if someone is born on the first day of the ghost month? Is there anything attributed to that?

  • avatar Melissa

    Hi, is it ok to burn photos during the 7th month? What will happen if you do that?

  • avatar Cat

    We just had a birthday party before the seventh month. Is it ok to send out thank you cards now?

  • avatar Cat

    Hello. My birthday falls during the ghost month. Can I celebrate at night, say until 10pm?

  • avatar Melissa

    Hi. Is it safe to sign a contract for the construction of our house this August 20 or 22, 2015? Which date is luckier for me and my husband? The house will be contructed in September 20, though.

  • avatar L

    I just did a facial mask that is in watery gel form. It is deep black in colour due to charcoal content. I put it on for 4hours. (Not first time).. however yesterday when i took it down, my face turn very red and itchy like hives..
    It is due to inauspicious colour black attracting bad energies?

    I did nothing new or exception to have cause this.

  • avatar EarthDragon

    Hi, I would just like to ask if there are any means of preventing or shoving off bad luck since we (my wife) are going to join a business and sadly it is already ghost month, the start of the business would be inevitable. Are there other charms to prevent bad luck.

    • avatar AdminMy72dragon

      Hi, your options…

      1- consult your local priest.

      2- re-schedule or re-venue.

      3- go ahead as planned and hope for the best.


  • avatar Kitty

    Hi. I am scheduled to fly on the 9th of September. My flight is at night. I cannot rebook it. What should I do? Thank you so much in advance! ^_^

  • avatar Fareese

    Hi, I’m thinking of moving into a pre owned apartment. I did some cleaning and repairs before the 14th Aug, but I intend to move in by the end of august. Will this be inauspicious? or should i wait until the ghost month ends?


  • avatar deanna

    I signed my turn-over contract of my new condo last august 15 because there was no way I can back out of that deal. I was given to 30 days to sign the documents otherwise I waive my right to inspect the premises and the condo will be deemed turned over anyway.

    How do I counter the ill effects of the ghost month on this. Please help. This is my new home and I don’t want to bring any bad luck to it

  • avatar angel

    can i apply for a new job and since its a contract signing will it bring me bad luck thanxs

  • avatar Krystal


    we moved into the house we are renting 5 months ago and our pets are getting sick. one of them even died. It turns out the house is infected by toxic molds. we want to move as soon as possible but because of the Chinese ghost month we are afraid of the bad luck it will bring, is there a way we can move before september 12 and do somethinbg to fight against the bad luck?

    • avatar AdminMy72dragon

      If you gonna really need to move during this time, i suggest you visit your local fengshui person/priest to obtain an auspicious date to do so.

  • avatar Christy


    I found a house to rent. I plan to transfer and enter into a contract after the ghost month. Will giving a reservation fee okay during the ghost month?

  • avatar Kris

    Hi! I’m applying for a visit visa in canada, I will submit my application this 1st week of August through online, is that a bad idea? Thanks hoping for your reply the soonest 🙂

  • avatar Leng

    Hi, My new dining table got defect and the new replacement dining table is coming in during ghost month period. Will it be inauspicious to get my dining table replacement during this month?

  • I was not aware at first on the ghost month, our new house started constructing last July 25 which will affect in between the ghost period until it will finish the construction. Does this mean we will be affected by the bad luck? What will be our means to protect from bad luck?

    • avatar AdminMy72dragon

      Hi, As it is said, renovation should not be started in between the ghost month. If you are worried about been affected by any bad luck, kindly seek your local priest to cleanse the house.

  • avatar LiquidUlar

    My 4×4 offroad group is planning an offroad camping trip to a big lake in the forest on the 11th and 12th of the 7th month. Wondering if its advisable not to go

    • avatar AdminMy72dragon

      Hi, This, I have totally no idea but here in Malaysia, I’ve heard of some do and don’t when you visit deep into native lands.

  • avatar karen

    hi is it ok to start our house construction on august 18? thanks hoping for ur reply soon

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