It is that time of the year again in Singapore, where we see joss paper burnt by the roadside and colourful ‘getais’ (performance stage), where performers sing and dance for both the living and ‘non-living’. We call it the 7th Month of Lunar Year or the Hungry Ghost Month when the ‘good brothers and sisters’ from the other world visit the living world. This tradition has taught the young and old to remember and pay our respects to their deceased ancestors, relatives and friends.
In the lingo of the renovation industry (this applies to the flooring industry as well), it is our ‘lao’ (off-peak) season. This is because it is a common taboo to carry out housing renovations during the lunar 7th month. This is because renovations during the lunar 7th month may cause obstructions that “hurt” the spirits and cause bad luck.
Rather than avoiding renovations completely, experienced renovation contractors will usually perform a simple ritual and offer incense to the spirits to prevent bad luck from happening. Sort of like asking them for permission to renovate the house, yeah?
The good thing about installing flooring products like Eco Resilient Flooring (ERF) or click vinyl flooring, is that the flooring installation can be completed within a few hours during the day. Furthermore, it can be done without causing any noise disturbances because the flooring can simply be installed over the existing sub-floor without any hacking of tiles, drilling and wet works. Hence, it is fast and easy! Of course, flooring installers can do a simple ritual to please the spirits at the request of home owners.
As mentioned above, the 7th lunar month is usually the off-peak period for the renovation and flooring industry. What this means for you, as the lucky customer, is that your contractor will have more time to take care of your renovation and flooring needs, ensuring greater service and quality!
#1 Don’t Stay Up Too Late at Night
Stay at home and spend more time with your family and the floor!
#2 Don’t go swimming
Build a beautiful balcony deck at home!
#3 If you feel sudden coldness, remain calm
Flooring like eco resilient flooring (ERF), vinyl flooring and wood flooring keeps your feet warm and comfy when the weather is chillingly cold.
#4 Don’t talk about ghosts or say you smelled something
Talk about other things, like your brand new stylish flooring or decking!
#5 Avoid hanging wet clothes out at night
With the 100% waterproof properties of eco resilient flooring (ERF), you don’t have to worry about getting your floor wet from hanging clothes indoors.
There is a common saying, “whether the taboo is true or not, it is always good to believe and follow the advice.” However, if there’s a solution to the taboo, why not try a different way of doing things?
Let’s take the opportunity of the Lunar 7th month as a way to pay our respects to our deceased ancestors, relatives and friends. As for our non-Chinese friends from other races and culture, thank you for your understanding and respect during this annual period!
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