Tossing paper offerings in the air and littering the ground with paper money is not part of Chinese tradition or culture and can be a nuisance instead, says a Chinese Singaporean religious leader.

In his message to Singaporeans, Chung Kwang Tong, a leader and managing committee member of the Singapore Taoist Federation, reminded Chinese Singaporeans giving joss offerings during the 7th Month Hungry Ghost Festival to be considerate and only burn offerings in the bins provided by Town Councils.

His words come with the weight of the Singapore Taoist Federation, Buddhist Federation and the Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple, all of which have in the past few years reminded followers to burn ALL offerings within the bins provided and not toss it around.

He wrote in a Facebook post: “Please remind friends and neighbour to be considerate and do not burn on the grass patches, drain covers, pavements or any public areas. Use the bins provided.

“Do clear up the offerings after the prayers. The spirits won’t physically take away the offerings and clear it for you. The cleaners will have to do so. Let’s give them a helping hand ok?”

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