What is the correct order to burn incense in the house?


Burning incense or burning incense on the altar on the full moon day, the 1st, the death anniversary of the New Year is a long-standing custom of the Vietnamese people. However, not everyone knows how to burn incense correctly, how to burn incense in a house with many altars, how many trees to burn incense? Please refer to the article below for the answer.

Meaning of burning incense

The ritual of burning incense is an extremely sacred traditional beauty in the spiritual culture of Asian people. They believe that when the incense is burned, it will become a bridge between the two worlds of yin and yang.

The burning of incense on the occasion of death anniversary, Tet holiday is to express gratitude, respect, remembrance… for the gods, ancestors and the deceased.

How many incense sticks are right?

According to folk beliefs, when burning incense should be lit in odd numbers 1, 3, 5, .. or a whole handful.

Normally, Vietnamese people often light 3 sticks quickly during holidays, Tet, anniversaries, ground breaking, weddings… However, when going to communal houses, temples, pagodas, only 1 tree should be lit, if there is incense ring, do not should be lit more to avoid fire incidents

What is the correct order to burn incense?

Some families have many different altars such as ancestral altar, buddha altar, god of fortune… So, what is the order of incense burning on these altars?

The order of burning incense in a house with many altars in turn is as follows:

  • Buddha altar or mother Quan Am
  • Ancestor altar
  • The altar of the earth god of fortune
  • The altar of the apple man
  • Altar of the recently deceased
  • Altar altar

In addition to the above correct way of burning incense, you can refer to how to clean the altar at the end of the year, how to trim the foot of incense at the end of the year…

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