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Guide To Understanding Beliefs & Customs In Buddhist Funerals

Buddhists believe that death marks the beginning of a new round of rebirth. As an individual departs from this earth, their soul goes through the cycle of reincarnation. Reincarnation is directly linked to their karma (the sum of all their deeds, words and actions...

Chinese Traditions Of Funeral Services: For Family Members

Funeral traditions vary from country to country, and in Singapore, it is not uncommon to see an intertwining of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism funeral rites being carried out together. Among the Chinese population in the country, Taoist funeral services and...

The Purpose And Role Of A Taoist Priest In A Funeral Service

When someone dies, Taoists believe that it is crucial for the right rituals to be performed for a number of reasons: raise the soul of the departed from descending to hell, have good spirits safeguard the soul and protect the bereaved family, and appease/ward off the...

5 Things You Can Learn About Chinese Funeral Customs

The Chinese funeral is an elaborate ceremony that involves several rites and rituals, and they occupy a very important place in Singapore’s Chinese society. The funeral ceremony is aimed at helping the deceased transit to the afterlife, and people have been following...

What You Should Know about the Annual Qingming Festival

This year, the Qingming Festival falls on 4 April 2020 – a day where Chinese people pay homage and show respect to the dead when they visit the cemeteries and columbaria, as an expression of filial piety. Also known as Tomb-sweeping Day or Pure Brightness Festival,...