According to Chinese folk legend, the seventh lunar month is the ghost month. During this time, the gates of hell are supposed to be open so bad spirits roam the world of the living. For 2018, the ghost month starts on August 11 and ends on September 9.
Generally, believers are not supposed to put themselves at risk during the ghost month. Major decisions such as getting married, buying a house, changing jobs, signing contracts, traveling, having a major operation or starting a business should not be done during this period.
Minor things such as not staying at home at night are also practiced. It is believed that spirits will follow you back if you roam around at night. Taking photos at night is also a no, no. You might capture images that you don’t want to see if you take photos at night.