San Qing: are the highest deities in the Taoist Pantheon. The entire manifested universe is ruled by three original forces, the Three Pure Ones:
The Supreme Pure One, also known as "The Universally Honoured One of Divinities and Treasures", or "The Universal Lord of the Numinous Treasure"
The Grand Pure One, also known as "The Universally Honoured One of Tao and Virtues or "The Universal Lord of the Way and its Virtue" or "The Grand Supreme Elder Lord"
"The Supreme Commander of the "Thunder Agency". The belief of the Thunder Deity originated from worshipping of nature since ancient times. People felt that heavens must be angry thus venting the anger with lightning and thunder. Taoists belief that the Thunder Deity is a formidable deity who is upright and righteous.
There are many Thunder Deities and the "Heavenly Lord of Universal Transformation Whose Voice of Thunder Resonates with the Origin of the Nine Heavens" is the overall commander of all the 36 Supreme Commanders in the "Thunder Agency".
Activities during the month would include preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense and burning joss paper paper-mache form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors.
Elaborate meals would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living.
An array of foods being offered to the deceased
Guan Yin is an extremely popular Goddess in Chinese folk belief and is worshipped throughout East and South East Asia. Guna Yin is revered due to her unconditional love, compassion and mercy. She is generally regarded as the protector of women and children, a fertility goddess capable of granting children, seen as the champion of the unfortunate, the sick, the disabled, the poor, and those in trouble.
A Getai (literally song stage) is a boisterous live stage performance commonly held in Singapore & Malaysia, in contrast to the generally solemn mood of the festival. The stage setup is usually composed of temporary structures and situated in the suburbs of the city in any empty field or even in car parking spaces or housing estate.
The backdrop of the stage is made of cardboard and clothes painted in bright colours. Spotlights bright colours, like, red, blue, pink and yellow illuminate the stage.
The younger folks in Singapore normally relate to a Getai as kitsch, as the performers sing and talk often in Hokkien, a dialect they label as crude and passe. The older people however enjoy watching a Getai, dance and sing along to the staple songs.
For the older folks from the surrounding neighbourhoods these performances are most welcome because it means a free evening of entertainment.