Funerary Customs

Summary of the Funerary Customs

  1. From the day death, a long white candle should be prepared every evening and placed outside the house.  If the deceased is over 60 years old, red candle can be used.   However, with more regulations in some buildings nowadays, white cloth was used instead of candle for fire safety reason.   The purpose is to lead the ancestor to come home until the funeral ceremony.
  2. You are required to cover the photo of the ancestors with red paper at home before the funeral ceremony.
  3. Before the funeral ceremony, you are advised not to eat beef or horse meat.   The guardian are horse or cow, therefore you are advised not to eat the said meat.

There are many different customs and please refer to the Chinese version for details.