开门

Tips for those who are new to “rules” of door opening.

1. Items to prepare before the day:

a. 1 unripen pineapple

b. Mixture of rice, tea leaves, charcoal powder

c. Joss Sticks + candles

d. “Huat Guay” aka 发糕

e. Incense paper

f. Basin (for the burning of incense paper)

g. Small container (for the joss sticks and candles)

h. 5 oranges

2. On the day itself

a. Knock several times on the door (hard and loud)

b. Push open the door and say “siam ah” loudly

c. Roll the pineapple using all your might while shouting “huat ah” (signifies good luck)

d. Step into the house (start with right foot)

e. Sprinkle the mixture of rice, tea and charcoal powder along the walls of your house (starting from the living room)

f. Burn the joss sticks + candles

g. Display the oranges and “huat guay”

h. Open all windows in the house

i. Burn the incense paper

j. Only leave the house when the joss sticks and candles are burnt finished

k. Leave the pineapple in the house for 3 days

Above are just some “rules” for your reference, at your own risk. Should anything go wrong, this website is not liable for any damages incurred.

2 responses to “开门

  1. Door opening was never quite such a grand affair for us. Matt loves to do photo documentation so he took quite a lot of photos. His mom did come by and throw rice. That’s about it. Anyway congras once again.

  2. Hmm…I dun quite rem wat we did but I did rem that my MIL gave us a tray of fruits. For wat purpose? I dunno.

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