People yesterday prepared fresh flowers and food in a ritual based on the belief that 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.
The temple began handing out the envelopes at 9am.
The temple, which has a shrine to Wulu Caishen, the Five Road Gods of Wealth, prepared 5,000 red envelopes containing a NT$10 coin placed on a god of wealth card, while there were 10 special gifts for the first 10 people in line.
The line grew to nearly 2km long before Pingtung County Commissioner Pan Meng-an (潘孟安) started giving out the red envelopes.
Photo: Chen Yan-ting, Taipei Times
The first person in the line arrived at about 2am.
The temple’s secretary-general, surnamed Wen (溫), said the coin is given out in the hope that the receiver will become wealthy in the new year by waving it in front of the incense burner.
Pan later went with people in Wulu Caishen costumes to give out red envelopes to vendors at a nearby night market, seeking to bring wealth and prosperity, as well as tourism to the county.
A temple in Kaohsiung’s Cishan District (旗山) put NT$16,800 in NT$1,000 and NT$100 bills in a container that broke open to rain money from the ceiling when triggered by fireworks.
Taichung’s Kuantien Temple (廣天宮) prepared 2,000 red envelopes containing NT$1 to symbolize “a fresh start for the year ahead” and staged rituals to attract good fortune.
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by