5 Things You Should Know When Taking Photos During the 7th Lunar Month

7th month

With less than 10 days to go until the 7th Lunar month, we can now see people making their preparations for the upcoming rituals and events like Getai and mass prayers.

Just make a trip down to the area near the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple(四马路观音堂), and you can witness the elderly hard at work.

Interestingly, amidst the elderly, you will almost always spot some people taking photos incessantly- and they will always draw looks of disdain from the elderly. Chances are, these are either tourists or students trying their hardest to impress their followers or teachers.

While the younger generation may have no regards when it comes to certain taboos, the older generation do have some interesting stories regarding taking photos during the 7th Lunar month. As such, we will be interviewing some of these elderly folks and be sharing their reasoning with you!

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what they have to say.

1) You might capture something “dirty”


Personally, I never liked it when people describe wandering spirits as “dirty”. These spirits used to be like you and me, and if anything, we should be nicer to them due to the plight they are in.

Anyway, should you somehow capture a spirit on camera, it is said that you will fall sick due to the overwhelming “Yin” energy. In the worse case scenario, the spirit might even latch onto your camera and follow you wherever you go.

At least you’ll never travel alone at night now.



2) Blurry photos and videos


This is an interesting one. When asked about their opinions on taking photos during the 7th Lunar Month, an old sir in my neighbourhood said the following:

“People anyhow take photo, photo blur blur, they think too much then the blur blur thing become ghost liao lor

In case you are not well-versed in the way of Singlish, what he meant to say is:

“People tend to see what they wish to, so it’s no surprise that some of us would see spirits in these blurry photos”

So, unless you would like to end up with a blurry “haunted image” taken during the 7th Lunar Month, best not snap a photo of everything you see.

3)Be polite and respect others



I’m not saying that all of us is trying to do this, but I’m sure we can all agree that there are some people out there doing their best to capture a spirit on film.

Please stop.

It doesn’t matter if you believe in the afterlife or not. It’s undeniably rude for you to go around snapping photos around an altar or a grave. These are the final resting place of the loved ones of other people. Please show some decency and respect.

4) Don’t film the offerings


Perhaps an extension of the previous point, avoid taking photos or videos of offerings for the homeless spirits. This should reduce the chances of you accidentally capturing spirits on camera.

5) Curiosity killed the Cat

Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back. However, there is nothing satisfying about running into spirits- or worse, criminals.

Even if you were to bump into a spirit while you’re exploring some abandoned alley out of curiosity stay away from the spirit and continue on your way and you should be fine.

That said, avoid investigating dark corners and seemingly abandoned places during the 7th Lunar Month as people tend to avoid going out at night, making the streets more deserted than usual.

While spirits may leave you alone, criminals most likely wouldn’t. Keep your curiosity at bay in time like this.

In conclusion:

Avoid taking photos at altars, graveyards and places with religious offerings. Aside from the possibility of capturing a spirit on film, you risk being disrespectful and may cause unhappiness amongst others.

Remember, don’t dabble in the unknown, lest you find yourself facing a situation you have no solution to.


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