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Organisation | Tzu Chi Merit Organization (Singapore)

Celebration of Auspicious Seventh Lunar Month held online

Tzu Chi Singapore’s Auspicious Seventh Lunar Month prayer ceremony was the second major yearly event that was held online amid a pandemic. Same as previous years, right faith and right thoughts were conveyed to instill the concept of filial piety and the love for all lives. Community volunteers had also visited elderly volunteers at their home in compliance with the permitted number of visitors per household, to watch the online programme with them.

Tzu Chi volunteer, See Geok Bee:
My childhood memory is visiting fortune tellers and seeking help from deities or drinking talismanic water when I fell ill.

See Geok Bee grew up in a family that believes in fortune telling and drinking talismanic water. To her, the seventh lunar month is a scary month. However, after learning the dharma, she made a brave decision.

Tzu Chi volunteer, See Geok Bee :
Okay, so we tried not to burn any joss paper, and we hid at home to avoid any accident. At the end, we passed through the seventh lunar month safely. I told myself to do the same again next year. That was how we stopped burning joss paper.

After attending Tzu Chi’s Auspicious Seventh Lunar Month prayer ceremony, it calmed her further.

Tzu Chi volunteer, See Geok Bee:
Because I already know the origin of joss paper, so I am at ease and not fearful anymore.

NS: There is an online interactive session.

Due to the pandemic, Tzu Chi Singapore took the Auspicious Seventh Lunar Month prayer ceremony online. Through sharing of videos and interview, the public was able to peacefully learn about filial piety and liberation of life at home.

Member of the public, Chan Yih Yean :
We should be filial to our parents when we are with them, don’t wait until situation like this (pandemic) happens. Now we can’t go back to our hometown to visit them.

Member of the public, Kwek Ser Hao:
Don’t view filial piety as a difficult thing to do, you must turn it into a habit, you must learn to be filial to your parents.

Adhering to the permitted number of visitors per household, community volunteers visited elderly volunteers to watch the programme with them.

Tzu Chi volunteer, Toh Huay:
We can’t go out, but we get to view it online. That makes us very happy.

Tzu Chi volunteer, Tan Tiong Guan:
This programme is something new, it is different from the past, that’s a good thing.

Amid a pandemic, what changes is the way of celebration, but not the right faith.

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