Thursday, 23 January 2014
送灶甜食不可少 The Traditional Sweets for Kitchen Deity
In the Culture of Sending Off Kitchen Deity back to Celestial Realm on the 23rd/24th Day of Lunar 12 Month, offering of Traditional Sweet Items is a MUST.
Due to different Culture/Practises in different part of China, various Zao Jun Sweets were being created.
Such as in the Northern China, we have Crispy Candles, “Heartless Candy” or Red-Green-Prosperity Candle-balls.
In Southern China, we have Peanut Candles, Sesame Candles, Ji-hong (a type of soft candy), Hainanese Coconut Candle, Hakka Sweet Potatoes, etc.
In South East Asia, we have Gula Melaka, Gula Merah, etc.
Without all these “Sweets”, the Sending Off Ceremony will not be “Complete”.
If you have yet to conduct the Send Off or have yet to get the Sweets, do act fast.