Hokkien Thanksgiving

A Hokkien Thanksgiving

The ninth day of the Chinese New Year is Thanksgiving Day to the Hokkiens. The Hokkiens come from Fujian, South China. During a rebellion against the Sung Dynasty, troops were sent to attack them. They hid in sugarcane plantations and had emerged safe and sound on the ninth day. To commemorate this day, the Hokkiens had since observed the ninth day as thanksgiving day. Offerings such as pomeloes and prosperity cakes as well as incense and jossticks are made to the Jade Emperor. Sugarcanes, however, are a must among the offerings and two long stalks are tied to the altar which is decorated with a bright red cloth which usually has elaborate and auspicious designs. Offerings are made at the stroke of midnight and after prayers, family would gather to feast on the offerings. Thus, the ninth day is a fun day for the whole family. Young children get to hang out until the wee hours and elders get to enjoy the company of their children and relatives.

It's a wonder that human beings can be thankful for so long.


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