27 Feb '18, 4pm

Burning sugarcane on 9th day of Lunar New Year, explained

Burning sugarcane on 9th day of Lunar New Year, explained

So, you’ve seen sugarcane burnt with paper offerings in housing estates all over Singapore during the Lunar New Year period, specifically on the ninth day of celebrations? You’re not alone because there are plenty of young Singaporeans who are also wondering about this practice, its origins and significance. Screenshot via Reddit Yes, burning paper offerings for the dead is common enough, but sugarcane? Well, here’s a handy explainer about this phenomenon and it’s got to do with several myths surrounding the Hokkien people. Advertisement Sugarcane saved lives? Sugarcane is burnt as an offering. It is is seen as an offering of thanks, as several myths describe the Jade Emperor having saved the lives of the villagers via sugarcane stalks. One of these myths includes a bandit raid that occurred in ancient Fujian, China. This caused most villagers to flee into the sugarcane fi...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/02/burning-sugarcane-offering-...

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