Freegans gather bountiful 'harvest' of fruit from roadside offerings during Hungry Ghost Festival

Retired financial adviser Daniel Tay and his friends, freegans who retrieve and reuse discarded items, collecting fruit during the seventh lunar month.
Retired financial adviser Daniel Tay and his friends, freegans who retrieve and reuse discarded items, collecting fruit during the seventh lunar month. PHOTO: DANIEL TAY
Retired financial adviser Daniel Tay and his friends, freegans who retrieve and reuse discarded items, collecting fruit during the seventh lunar month. PHOTO: DANIEL TAY
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Getting scolded by a stranger for picking up oranges from a roadside offering at the start of the seventh lunar month did not deter Mr Daniel Tay from collecting more fruit left behind by worshippers.

The 41-year-old retired financial adviser even organised an outing on Sept 2 - the 15th day of the seventh month - with three friends to collect fruit in Bishan and Ang Mo Kio.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 13, 2020, with the headline Freegans gather bountiful 'harvest' of fruit from roadside offerings during Hungry Ghost Festival. Subscribe