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New Year is time to honor the Kitchen God
« on: May 22, 2020, 12:20:14 AM »
It's good practice to clear out cooking utensils from the stove at night to keep the altar clean.

Traditionally, it is said that only men worship this deity. When the Kitchen God told of man’s sufferings to the Jade Emperor, he sent good fortune and blessings to the family.

This deity is regarded as “the greatest unifying figure” in the family, as the hearth is the pivot of family life. All family members depend on the hearth for their three daily meals.

According to the book Disappearing Customs Of China, the Kitchen God is reputed to be “the most earnest deity” of the household for staying at his post the whole year through. In the olden day days, when earthen ovens or charcoal stoves were used, the walls and chimney of the hearth were covered in soot and grime, as the altar of the Kitchen God was next to the fireplace.

Day and night, for 360 days, he would be at his post, tolerating the onslaught of oil, steam, smoke and heat as families prepared their daily meals or feasts. He would watch them eat all sorts of glorious foods.

Each family would appease the deity during his annual send-off to report to the Jade Emperor. They would serve him sugar, dried persimmons, dates, rice cake, tea – and hope that he would speak well of them. He also has sesame seed cakes to savour on his trip.

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