"Devil's Month" Festival
According to Taoist belief, the Gates of Hell are thrown open on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month to allow restless and hungry spirits of the dead to roam the world of the living. To appease these spirits, lavish feasts and outdoor entertainment, ranging from Chinese opera to traditional puppet shows, are held on street corners the evening before at Chinatown and other venues island-wide during the month. In addition, candles and joss sticks are lit in a row in front of some Chinese homes and hell currency notes are burnt as offerings to appease the spirits.
- Type: Festivals & Fairs
- Nearest Train: Outram Park
- Venue Description:
Although largely scarred by redevelopment, Chinatown today still contains pockets of genuinely old shophouses where age-old trades like clog-making and calligraphy continue to be practiced. Paper effigies of cars, houses and other material objects are still being made for the deceased. These are then burnt, in the belief that they will raise the standard of living of the deceased in the next world. For tea connoisseurs, a visit to a tea house is a must, not only to relish the flavor of Chinese tea, but also to experience the traditional art of tea-brewing.