Thursday, 23 January 2014

送灶甜食不可少 The Traditional Sweets for Kitchen Deity











送灶之時﹐獻上甜食是必然的。

因為有了送灶的習俗﹐再引進各別地區不同風俗民情﹐逐漸產生了不同區域的”灶神糖”文化的撅起。

如北方就在送灶時供上﹕
酥糖
空心糖
紅綠雙喜糖

而南方則會準備﹕
花生糖
芝麻糖
軟糖/糕 (如﹕吉紅﹐香糕)
海南椰子糖
客家糖番薯

東南亞有﹕
黑椰糖
紅椰糖

如果你還未送灶或準備如何以上的”灶神糖”﹐那就得儘快去買一些咯。

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.

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