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Chinese New Year: Happiness, Gratitude and Meaning on the Worship Table

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2024-02-08 16:43:24



        Chinese New Year Festival is an opportunity for Chinese people all over the world to celebrate together as a family. One of the highlights of this festival is the worship table that is usually held on New Year's Eve. This year falls on February 9th.
        The Chinese New Year tradition in Thailand consists of paying respects to sacred objects in the early morning. Pay respect to your ancestors in the morning. Pay homage in the afternoon and pay homage to the god Cai Xing'ia late at night. Each round uses different offerings.
  • Pig means abundance, there is no shortage of food to eat.
  • Duck means purity and cleanliness.
  • The rooster represents diligence, auspiciousness
  • Fish is a symbol of wealth and abundance.
  • Liver in Chinese is synonymous with the word noble. 

  • Therefore it means power and fortune.

        Aside from meat, worshiping the gods includes sweets and fruits. Similar to meat, the quantity is not clearly specified. But they frequently use fruits with auspicious names, such as bananas, oranges, apples, pears, grapes, and pineapples. Desserts popular during the New Year's festival include Khanom Khong, Khanom Thian, Khanom Thua Fu, Khanom Thua fuu, and Chan Ab.
  • Bananas look like fingers. It beckons good fortune to come in.
  • Orange represents good luck.
  • Apple for peace.
  • Pear for money flows in like the color of a wheelbarrow.
  • Grapes mean growth
  • Pineapple is synonymous with the word good fortune.
  • Khanom Kheng means wealth.
  • Khanom Thian mean prosperity.
  • Khanom Thua Fu means fame.
  • Janab is happily ever after.

        Late morning ancestor worship includes sweet and savory foods, fruits, silver and gold paper, and Kong Tek sets. The offerings in this section are typically chosen to please the ancestors while also having an auspicious meaning.

        worship It is the act of distributing alms to a ghost with no relatives. Always use food from the morning. Finish by lighting firecrackers to ward off bad luck.
        Paying homage to Cai Xing'ia at night is a way to pray for good fortune. Using Khanom Ee, 5 auspicious fruits, vegetarian cuisine, steamed rice, and tea.

Written, translated, and illustrated by: Ratchanok T.