Lễ cúng rằm cô hồn tháng 7 không chỉ là một trong những lễ lớn ở Việt Nam mà cũng là một dịp quan trọng ở một số quốc gia châu Á khác. Trong bối cảnh Covid-19 kéo dài đến tận nửa cuối năm 2020, lễ cúng này gặp nhiều hạn chế hơn so với mọi năm. Hãy cùng IELST TUTOR phân tích từ vựng và cấu trúc qua bài báo Hungry Ghost Festival to be quieter this year amid Covid-19 pandemic để cập nhật tình hình cũng như nâng cao khả năng đọc hiểu nhé.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has upended lives in the physical world, but even the spiritual realm has not been spared.
The Hungry Ghost Festival that begins today has been transformed, with mainstays like live auctions and flashy getai performances - traditionally held during the seventh lunar month - noticeably absent this year.
Mass prayers, accompanied by the buzz and clang of religious music, have also been significantly scaled down to meet government guidelines amid the pandemic.
At Toa Payoh Seu Teck Sean Tong temple, it is customary at this time of the year to see the open-air carpark transformed, with neat rows of tables bearing some 2,700 ancestral tablets for family members to offer prayers and offerings. But the tablet set-up will be absent this year.
In addition, safe distancing rules mean the temple can serve only about 400 devotees a day, less than half the usual seventh month crowd, said Mr Chia Kok Peng, vice-chairman of the temple's board.
The 10,000 devotees who usually take part in the temple's annual seventh month prayers will also miss the occasion on Sept 6 - the prayers will be conducted behind closed doors by a handful of volunteers.
[...] Boisterous open-air banquets, usually held on the 15th day of the lunar month, will also be noticeably absent.
The dinner hosted by Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple that draws up to 4,000 attendees each year has been cancelled, while the live auction will be conducted silently. Getai performances sponsored by the temple will be streamed online, from Aug 30 to Sept 1.
[...] Getai organiser Aaron Tan said his usual slate of 50 live shows during the seventh month has dropped to 29 as of yesterday - one on each day of the seventh month - and all of them will take place virtually.
[...] The website, put together by a group of creatives, will be launched today, and will hopefully draw a new generation to understand and enjoy seventh month celebrations, said project leader Ivan Yak.
Other efforts to digitalise this year's seventh month festivities include a special getai edition of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's TGIF Music Station series.
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