But I did get to experience my very own bai-bai ceremony first hand. :) For the ghost festival, and many other occasions, the Chinese present incense and bow in prayer. The prayer may be long, sometimes the person holds the incense to the sky during this part. Then the pray-er bows his or her head in multiple quick nods (2 to 3... maybe sometimes more) before placing the incense in a bowl of rice, at an altar-like table. It reminds me of the Catholic traditions of crossing your body, bowing your head, and lighting a candle at the church altar.
|Yours Truly, placing my incense in the rice|
|Incense placed on the offerings... |
Yes those are Chips Ahoy cookies peeking out at me!
|Tin at front for burning the paper money,|
Tables loaded with offerings, behind
|Surely the ghosts were please with this feast! Yum!|
|My ghost festival stash.|