Saturday, August 27, 2005

Can You Smell It in the Air?

The hungry ghosts festival, that is.

Once a year, the Singapore air is thick with the smell of smoke and the void decks and pedestrian walkways are littered with piles of burnt incense paper marked with white chalk.

Being a 3rd generation chinese, I could never understand why people adhere to such traditions, despite the inconvenience and irritation caused, not to mention environmental pollution.

The first night of the festival saw people lighting up candles along staircases to form a lighted passage. Kinda creepy when you realize the intention behind it.

At least this tradition makes for less crowded pools.

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