Rituals mark gods’ return

LONG LINES:People in Pingtung started lining up at 2am to receive a special gift from Du Cheng Huang Temple and a red envelope containing a ‘mother coin’

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 01, 2017
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

People yesterday prepared fresh flowers and food in a ritual based on the belief that

A man places an offering in a gold ingot-shaped container at Hong Lu Ti Temple in New Taipei City yesterday. Photo: AFP

the fourth day of the Lunar New Year is when gods return to the mortal realm, while temples celebrated the return of the god of wealth by handing out thousands of red envelopes.

In Taoist belief, gods travel to heaven on the 24th day of the 12th lunar month to report on the activities of the past year to the supreme deity, the Jade Emperor, and return to the mortal world on the fourth day of the Lunar New Year.

At the Du Cheng Huang Temple (都城隍廟) in Pingtung City, people began lining up early in the morning, waiting to receive a red envelope containing a “wealth-attracting coin,” or “mother coin” (錢母), which is believed to bring in more money throughout the year.    [FULL  STORY]

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