The haze is getting worse over here. I was at Tesco just now and wanted to capture a photo of the missing Penang Bridge but…..but…. I got this – ‘No CF Card’. Ish, I forget to put the card back to my camera.
I had been wondering what our local Penang folks are going to do with the worsening haze because Hungry Ghosts festival is going on full swing here. Every village, small town, pekan and even Gurney Drive have the offerings for Hungry Ghosts. Joss sticks which are about 8-10 feet high are often lined up in rows and the burning of the effigies of the gods of hades usually take place, causing big bon-fire.
And I find this from The Star:
The haze crisis is affecting not just humans but also residents of the netherworld.
The Taoist Federation of Malaysia has urged its members to cut back on the burning of prayer paraphernalia as well as giant dragon joss sticks during the Hungry Ghosts Festival from Aug 5 till Sept 3.
Its president B. S. Tan said this move was being taken to prevent the situation from getting worse.
The members, he said, would â€œinformâ€ the gods as well as the â€œbrothersâ€ or the hungry ghosts about this decision during the prayer sessions.
â€œThe gods and â€˜brothersâ€™ will understand about our current environmental condition, and they will not be upset with us as long as we inform them about it,â€ he said yesterday.
Now, this is bad. Even the netherworld are angry with Sumatra.