Most Chinese (I mean MOST and NOT ALL) are reluctant to undergo elective major surgery during Hungry Ghost Festival.
I recalled one incident in my hospital which occured during one of the days in the month of Hungry Ghost Festival. One chinese patient was scheduled for elective surgery. He was admitted to ward as scheduled. All the pre op assessment and investigations were done accordingly. And he consented for the surgery as well and signed the consent form.. He was pushed to the Operating Theatre (OT) as scheduled on the operating list on the day of surgery. And on pushing inside to the operating room (OR) then only the patient conveyed his wishes not to undergo surgery on that day cos it's hungry ghost festival, and wanted the surgery to be postponed or deferred to a later date.
Aiyoh... If he really doesn't want to go for surgery at theat period of time, then inform earlier lah.. why inform at the last minute???? Till being pushed inside the Operating Room, then only informed? Really wasting all our precious time !!! And he took up the slots which can be offered to some other patient since there's a long waiting lists for patients who needs operation...
What's your opinion in this matter?