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Monday, November 9, 2009

Incense

What we usually light to honor our dearly departed. It's a big part of our Chinese culture to give respect to our elders, even if they have already left this life.

My mother, brother and sister-in-law went to the cemetery last November 1 to pay respect to our dearly departed -- Grandpa (paternal), Dad and Grandma (maternal). Since my baby is still small, my mother decided that I we should just stay home. They brought food, flowers and candles as offerings aside from lighting the incense sticks.

My husband and I, together with my brothers and my sister-in-law went to the temple on November 2 to light incense sticks and offer fruits to ALL our dearly departed (the ones mentioned above as well as my uncle and his children who passed away in Phuket during the great tsunami of December 2004).

It's kinda sad remembering them, especially my cousins who were so young at the time of their deaths (13 and 10) but the thought that they are in a better place somehow comforts me.

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