Trib­ute to Kitchen God

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 7 Life -

A star which peo­ple in an­cient times called the Big Fire, the bright­est in the mul­ti­ple star sys­tem Acrab (Beta Scor­pii), dis­ap­pears from the night sky after the day. In an­cient times, peo­ple or­ga­nized a spe­cial cer­e­mony to see off the Big Fire, and to pre­pare for the on­com­ing win­ter. Some cus­toms in South China still re­mind us of its ori­gin, with peo­ple of­fer­ing obla­tions to the Kitchen God, or god of fire, on the day.

In their works, some an­cient po­ets and writ­ers have lamented the pass­ing of au­tumn, per­haps at the thought of the harsh win­ter ahead.

Some so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions, schools and lo­cal gov­ern­ments of­ten or­ga­nize vis­its to old age homes on the day as a mark of re­spect to se­nior cit­i­zens. And although the fes­ti­val is not a na­tional hol­i­day, many fam­i­lies get to­gether on the day to make el­derly fam­ily mem­bers feel happy.

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