Some souls may have passed on in a foreign land or had no one to rely on before their death. They are then left stranded and helpless, roaming by the streets or at the locations of their death. To them, our incense and prayers are seen as meritorious and their greatest comfort and warmth.This is comparably witnessing a physically disadvantaged person on the streets and offering them food and money by pure intentions.Now, the only difference is that we are conducting offerings to these wandering spirits whom we cannotsee, instead of a living being. Some wonder why these wandering souls are still loitering on earth and question why they do not head straight to their destined place in the underworld.There is a saying in the Taoist theory: those whose deaths are caused by sudden mishaps, fall under the category of “Unnatural Deaths”, in other words, their biological time on earth has not yet fully exhausted and thus the Grim Reaper of the Underworld will not acknowledge their souls for a stated period of time, some of which may be subjected to a waiting time several years before they can finally retire from the living world.However, do keep this in mind-Offerings must be done within the fixed time frame of 7pm-10pm, after sunset, and not any later than 10pm. This is because the Chinese believe that the “Yin Qi” gradually gets heavier past 10. The worst time to conduct such offerings is between 11pm-1am, as the trans-action timing of “Yang & Yin Qi” may cause unnecessary agitation to these “Lost Souls”!