Thanksgiving to Lord Cheng Huang & Tu Di for Ding You Rooster Year
Its again the Official Thanksgiving Period for the Taoists & Chinese.
This also marks an End to the Old Lunar Year and the Taoists/Chinese will be ushering in the New Lunar Year in a short period.
For Taoists, before we conduct the main Thanksgiving Ceremony dedicated to the High Authority Deities or Home Deities, we will need to conduct a simple Thanksgiving Ceremony dedicated to the City Deity aka Cheng Huang (當境城隍) & Earth Deity aka Tu Di (此間土地) on the 2nd Day of Lunar 12 Month (農曆臘月初二日) till 16th Day of Lunar 12 Month (至農曆臘月十六日).
Once the Thanksgiving Ceremony is conducted to the City & Earth Deities, then the Official Thanksgiving Ceremony dedicated to the High or Home Deities will be able to conduct smoothly & “effectively”.
For Ding You Rooster Year (丁酉雞年), 2nd Day of Lunar 12 Month falls on 18 Jan 2018.
For those who are conducting the Thanksgiving Ceremony dedicated to City & Earth Deities in Temples or Home, the Auspicious timing starts from 0900 hrs till before 1900 hrs (吉時為巳至酉時).