5th Month Festival (14th June
- 12th July 2018)
5th Day of the 5th Moon (according to chinese
lunar calendar) is an important date to many cultures. In
2018, the day falls on 18th June. It is the day that coincides
to the Summer Solstice. Therefore, it is the longest day
with the highest temperature of the year. While some may
not have known, this day is a day of great evil. There is
hidden fear and horror associated to the day. In fact, the
whole of 5th lunar month has to be taken cautiously. One
should not carry out any important events such as moving
into a new home, getting married and starting a new business
in the 5th lunar month.
Rituals and Celebrations:
The festival celebrated by chinese worldwide
is known as the Dragon Boat Festival, Summer Festival, Dumpling
Festival or 5th Month Festival. It is said to be related
to the dragon and celebrated in hope for the dragon to send
down sufficient rain for farmers. The dragon is chartered
by the heaven to send rain to mother earth for those who
are new to it. Chinese would make glutinous rice dumpling
wrapped in reed leaves and offer it to the dragon as a sign
of respect. When water is sufficient, there will be big
gains from good yields of crop in the following year. Sufficient
water will enable avoidance of many diseases due to poor
Taoist customs relate the day to be the weakest day of the year. It is this day of the year that Taoist Grandmaster Chang Tao Ling will ride out on his Tiger to ward off evil from the heaven. There are a few things that we could all do for the safety of the family:
1. Display a Peacock
Mirror in the house and display it in the living room.
The peacock is known to have supernatural powers to kill
off poisonous animals. They are the poisonous toad, spider,
scorpion, centipede and snake. These poisonous animals represents
evil influences and become wild and uncontrollable during
the 5th lunar month.
2. Display at the maindoor's doorknob the peachwood
sword to combat evil spirits. It is the weakest time
of the year where evil come to revenge on people for their
3. Invite the Ghostbuster Chung Kwei to
invoke his energies to help human fight evil. For the safety
of family members and kids, it is best for them to carry
along the Chung
4. Invoke the powers of "5 Emperors" for general blessings
against any harm and danger throughout the 5th month. The
"5 Emperors" refers to Fu-Hsi, Shen-Nung, Huang-Ti, Shao-Hao
and Chuan-Hsu. They are the five rulers of the entire universe
and controls all the four celestial animals and 5 Elements
(wood, fire, earth, metal and water). The 5
Emperor Coins Disc Charm (of Ching Dynasty) can be used
as a representation to invoke their powers to ward off evil,
and especially effective in fighting diseases and viruses.
This is a must have to be displayed in the living room of
the house for protection.
5 Emperor Coins Disc Charm
For those who are working in enviroments
that spell danger, such as soldiers who needs to go to war,
construction workers, engineers at gasoline plants etc,
one can wear the powerful Dzi Pi Yao for protection and
Taboos to Follow:
Dzi Pi Yao Protection from
1. One must not expose their beds, comforters,
pillows, bedsheets and mattresses under the sun during the
2. One must not climb the roof or he might risk falling to
3. Avoid moving into new homes and opening new businesses
this month as it is considered inauspicious and bad luck on
4. Avoid getting married during this month because couples
will have bad ending. Some evil may cast a bad spell on couples
during their wedding.
5. Avoid going for jungle trekking and going on camping trips as chances of injuries, possession and death are high.
6. Drive very carefully during this month to avoid accidents.
7. Perform charitable work or contribution during the month.