For about one month every year, over-the-top stage shows take over Singapore’s heartlands. Cue bright lights, gaudy stage outfits, and flamboyant performers singing and dancing to Mandarin and Hokkien tunes. Welcome to the Seventh Month of the lunar calendar, when it is believed that the gates of hell are opened and spirits are free to roam the land of the living during this period (Aug 1-29 this year). Getai shows are among the traditions during the Hungry Ghost Festival, which is why getai performers get very busy during this time, rushing from one show to the next (and the next, and the next…) all over the island, cramming as many performances they can in one night.
 
What goes on in the harried everyday Seventh Month routine of getai performers? To find out what goes on behind the scenes of this boisterous tradition, we decided to follow getai duo and twin sisters, The Shining Sisters, on a work night.

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