As you, it’s now the 7th month in the Chinese lunar calendar, which means that it is the very famous hungry ghost month to the Chinese. This is the month where all the “resident” of the other dimension get to go out of their “world”. To be simple, the gate of hell is always open in this month, for output but no input. Cut the crap, read Wikipedia if you got no idea about what is the Hungry Ghost Month.
When 7th month comes, it will be very happenings at the temple area because the people behind the temple would set up stages for shows like mini concert by unknown singer/artists, puppet show and some place have Chinese Opera too. Chinese believes that all these are as an entertainment for the “others” instead of letting the “others” find entainment themselves.
Some loves this month because of the happenings night with loud music and sexy girl singing on the Ko Tai/Ge Tai (literally song stage).
There’s a temple at Air Itam, dad knows the people who run the temple (Ban Sean Thua temple) and since there’s a getai running on last weekend, we went to take a look and in the mean time do some prayers to the Da Shi Ye 大士爷, the “Ghostly King of Compassionate”, you can see statue of Da Shi Ye made up of paper craft at streets in Penang and at the temple.
It was a small temple in deep Air Itam where the Kampung is, and there’s a lot of people was checking out at the Getai. It’s so nice to see a small quiet place turns into a place that full of peoples and musics.
In Malaysia, they actually don’t allow the Getai singers to wear sexy clothing, if I’m not wrong, there’s no such rule in Singapore, do they?
Unfortunately, I didn’t see pretty Getai singer at the Getai show I visited a few days ago, they were like thirties to fourties from my judgement on their outlook and voice. Mom told me that one of the few singer is quite famous but I got no idea who was she. Some even claimed that they release their own albums, but I’ve never heard before too.
At some times, when the singing goes boring, hand claps goes quieter, the Getai singer will eventually take out some stuff to give to the public for free like promo CD, own poster and even food like chips. People here like free stuff, but I was just standing there and didn’t want to squeeze into the crowds where all the auntie and uncle were.
The stage was quite small but the sounding was suprisingly good and very loud. Getai is not about one man show, different singer get to sing for like half an hour and another one will take the stage. The above one claim that she’s a singer in Malaysia, but who is she?
Later then, I wanted to go home. Seriously, it’s very boring there, the Getai show was not my type of thing. Mom said that she want to stayed for a little longer as she was talking with her friends and then another singer took the stage. The singer said she was one of the finalist in the Astro Classic Golden Melody singing competition, too bad I don’t watch the show and I don’t know who is she.
I’m so glad that when mom was done with talking. All the songs at the Getai were seriously not my likes, it’s all oldies and nothing seems familiar to me. =)
Soon, probably next week, there will be another Getai show near my place and that I get to listen to free music by opening the window. Haha.