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Qingming: The Festival of Pure Brightness

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Throughout the world, various cultures have ways of honoring departed family members and loved ones.  Many of us in the west are family for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, which is a time to clean and decorated family graves with candles and flowers and offer prayers for them at home and in church. In Mexico and Central America altars erected for these Days of the Dead and can be quite elaborate and exquisitely beautiful.  In the…
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Mid Autumn Moon Festival

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Autumn is a wonderful time of year during which the earth gives us the fruits it has been growing since spring and the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest.   It’s even been called “The Season of the Witch.”  Throughout time and in numerous cultures, there have been and continue to be holidays and festivals that recognize the many blessings of this time of year.  One such holiday comes from China and…
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The Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

Spirit Money - 1 Billion Bill

In fact, the term “Hungry Ghost,” refers to this particular class of spirits who are in most need of prayers, food offerings, incense and spirit money, about which I have blogged extensively in previous posts.  Throughout China, Taiwan and Singapore people gather at temples and adorn private altars at home with such offerings to ensure that the dead are happy in the afterlife and so that they in turn will bless the living with good fortune. Yesterday,…
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Spirit Money!

Spirit Money - 1 Billion Bill

In various parts of Asia, most notably China, Taiwan  and Singapore, it is a common practice to burn paper money and gold and silver colored paper as offerings for family members who have crossed over to the other side in order that they may have a comfortable afterlife.  There are three main categories of spirit money the first is cash in the form of colorful bills usually issued in astronomically high denominations.   These are meant for…
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