Tuesday, 31 May 2016

《皁纛旗》之簡介




每年,不管是在何地的《授籙》即將舉行時,都會有人在問關於《籙牒》上的法器及相關由來。



由於時間的關係,我無法詳細的解釋,也因此,很多想分享的資料也給忘了。



這幾天又有人開始在詢問相關事宜,包括今天一大早就有人傳訊息給我,但因爲剛才在忙,因此無法及時做分享。



以下是簡單的介紹《道教》中的《召雷皁纛旗》及《七星皁纛旗》。



《皁》,爲古時古字,後來也做《皂》。



也因爲有了《皂》,因此很多人把原本《皁》的意思給忘了。



《皁》,指“看守軍馬之伕”,“執行刑法之官吏”及“困守物及獸之所在”。



《皂》,則指“黑色”,“草植類”(後來演變爲肥皂),“化學原料”(存有很高的碱性)。



再來,



《纛》,很多人把他當作“毒”,“瘟疫”,“妖魔”或者“雷神”,其實不然。



《纛》,又做《翿》,音《道》,是爲“旗幟”或“節”上的裝飾,最早是以珍貴的飛禽之羽毛來做成《纛》,而後來衹能用“絲綢”或“高等布料”做成“旗幟”的邊邊裝飾。



一點大家得清楚,《纛》并非是“黑色”。



《召雷皁纛旗》



召雷,顧名思義,是爲“調請來”天上《雷火》二部之天君元帥或者“號令”其天君元帥麾下之《雷將》。



而在古時(早期)之《皁纛旗》,也并非是如今我們所看到的。



《皁纛旗》,長“五尺五寸”,寬“三尺六寸”,上有“日月大道”,邊有“五雷鞭”,下有“五雷劍”,在中則是“黑色絲布”綉著“金色《召雷符》”,差一不可,確一則錯。



如以《召雷皁纛旗》的名稱來對上“説文嚼字”,剛好就是:



以《黑色符令之旗》,“調請來”《雷火》二部之中,“執行刑法”的《天君元帥》及《雷兵雷將》。



這也就符合了古時《天師》們用的法器之一。



《七星皁纛旗》(正一天師宗獨有)



這裏的《七星》,代表了《北斗七星》,亦代表《中天北極紫微大帝》,而在行法之時,也以此《七星》“調請”《天蓬天猷二大元帥》。



再來就是,以《天蓬天猷二大元帥》或者《中天北極紫微大帝》之權利,“調請”《雷火》二部之《雷兵雷將》也不爲過吧 (而且別忘了,《天蓬天猷二大元帥》也屬《雷火》二部)?



又提到《皁》,以上也已解釋清楚,此《皁》不是指“黑色”。



《纛》,“旗幟”邊邊的裝飾,而在《七星皁纛旗》,《纛》上則會書上《五皇諱》(三清,紫微,天罡(有者則是《雷祖》))。



總結:



第一,不管是古時的《召雷皁纛旗》或者現今我們所認知的《七星皁纛旗》,功能皆是相同,衹是外形不同。



第二,多去研究及瞭解,不要局限在一個小框框内,《道教文化》,精深博大,很多事與物還等待著我們這些新時代的人類去發掘。



好了,今天在此簡單分享,下回當你再看到《召雷皁纛旗》或《七星皁纛旗》,多看一下,是否是如以上所提到的一樣。



三無量。

正一心。




抱送玉帝道君(靈寶)天尊




抱送玉帝道君(靈寶)天尊。



此聖號,出于《玉皇宥罪錫福寶懺》之中,指的就是《上清靈寶天尊》。



些許人在看到此聖號之時,常常會抱著很懷疑及好奇的心態在哪“瞎猜”,有些最離譜的是說 原來玉皇的父親是《上清靈寶天尊》。



爲何會有此聖號的出現?



其實來源是因宋朝《高上玉皇本行集經》中提到,《光嚴妙樂國》國王《淨德王》之妻《寶月光皇后》在夢到《上清靈寶天尊》抱送一個小嬰孩後,便成胎懷孕了一十二個月,終在丙午年正月初九日,《玉皇上帝》再“化生”人間。



就因如此,《道教三寶》之《上清靈寶天尊》就被“冠上”了《抱送玉皇》之號。



好了,在此作一個簡單的介紹,希望大家明瞭。



三無量。

大道心。

百善孝爲先






生育養育恩情重,

比山大,

比海深,

無物能比。



行孝揚孝倫理尊,

比天高,

比地厚,

哪樣能及。



不管你是什麽身份,不管你是身份人種,衹要懷有一片孝心,上天自然不會辜負與你。



行孝不分國籍,不分區域,不分貴賤,不分好壞,孝者自然受人尊重,得人欽佩。



行孝,除了實際表現,有者也可透過宗教來爲家中雙老祈福延壽。



而在道教,爲雙老祈福延壽之前,身爲子女的,得先行懺悔,再來祈福延壽,效應自然會更好。



玉皇宥罪行懺悔,

一片丹心得天赦。



三官覃恩解罪厄,

保命得佑身得康。



改卻前作是非事,

還來脫連百事吉。



元辰照明斗中顯,

祛病延壽富貴添。



在此分享,衷心鼓勵多多行之。



三無量。

大孝心。




Monday, 30 May 2016

《道,爲而不爭》




夫唯不爭,故天下莫能與之爭。

夫唯不爭,故無尤。



感恩老師一語而警醒夢中人。



如今之人,與古有別,心也非古時心,因此很多時候總愛吵吵鬧鬧,有也爭,無也爭,到頭是爭什麽,沒人知道?



道,原本就很簡單,簡單的如輕氣,簡單如我們身邊的微塵,每日每時陪伴著我們,但很多人確實不知“求其近”而常“往遠求”,到頭求到了什麽?一無所有。



道祖老天尊,其實在撰下《五千言》時,已很明白的告訴大家(後人),道原本就是無爲的,清靜的,清净的,爲何要搞的如此複雜,如此爭鬧呢?



也因此,在《五千言》的開頭第一字及最後的四字聯合起來,就是《道,爲而不爭》,不知你是否有察覺?



PS



我非聖人,也是在求進步,所以一直在學習。。。



三無量。

大道心。

端陽治蟲滅五毒符



端陽治蟲滅五毒符



關於《端午節》之符諱,其實層出不窮,不同朝代,不同宗教,甚至不同國家,都有著對《端午節》所產生的符諱。



因端午是一年中,進入炎熱夏天的時段,瘟疫及蟲害在這個期間不斷時常發生,也就如此,道教符籙文化中,針對此“厄事”就有了上百種的符諱(包括花字,等等)。



今日在此分享其中一道,稱爲《端陽治蟲滅五毒符》。



此符會在端午節正中午,以《雄黃》配合《硃砂》及《黃酒》,在《黃表紙》上書寫,之後配合《乾稻草》焚燒後,將《灰燼》撒落在房屋周圍及田地内,如以宗教角度來看,這就是受到了《上天》敕符而能避免瘟疫等等,而在“科學”角度看,就是以灰燼中存在的《雄黃》來滅蟲。



好了,在此分享,供大家明瞭。



三無量。

大道心。

《端午吉慶日》與《五毒餅》






又快到《端午吉慶日》﹐請記得在準備粽子時﹐也順到訂購一些《五毒餅》哦。

相傳《五毒餅》是由明朝初期,朝廷御厨所“發明”,之後流傳至民間,與清朝時,記錄於《京都風俗志》中。

在《端午吉慶日》上供神明及天師之時﹐得準備一份《五毒餅》,在供奉完畢後,分發給小孩子們﹐期望在吃了《五毒餅》之後﹐能百毒不侵﹐身體安康。

Duan Wu Festival is just round the corner, Jave is sure that many of you have already bought or prepared various types of Rice-dumpling waiting to welcome this special Day.

But wait, beside Rice-dumplings, we the Taoists or Chinese do have the practise of consuming the “Five Poison Pastry Cake” too.

Usually after offering it to the Deities or Heavenly Masters, these Pastry Cakes will be distributed out to children, hoping that by eating away all these “Poisons”, the children will be blessed with Good Health.

So for those who have yet to order, please do order them quickly.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

《手訣》之簡單介紹






很多人在談及《手訣》(又稱《手印》),就會覺得好像不是我們“本根道教文化”,許多是由外來宗教所引進而來。



如果你有這樣的想法,那就錯了。



漢朝之前,在《張祖天師》還未統一《道教》,《手訣》就已普遍被當時的“巫師”所用。



而在晉朝,《道教手訣》之“霸”-《九字真言》,也受很多高道所推崇及演練。



之後,在道教及佛教被引入“西域”後,其他《手訣》也慢慢的衍生,但一點得注意的是,很多《手訣》是與我們《道教手訣》有差的。



在這裏,我就簡單的分享《正一宗》,《全真派》及《密宗》的《供香手訣》,供大家做個參考。



注:



十餘年前,在一次機緣巧合下,前往參與《密宗紅教》“灌頂”,也就因如此,開始了學習《密宗》的《手訣》,因此也發現《道教》與《密宗》的《手訣》有別,但很多意思確實相同。



三無量。

大道心。



丙申猴年保生大帝飛昇得道吉慶 Attaining Immortality Anniversary of Lord Bao Sheng 2016


丙申猴年保生大帝飛昇得道吉慶
Attaining Immortality Anniversary of Lord Bao Sheng 2016

功成飛昇祐鄉里

景祐三年(西元1036年),歲次丙子,大帝靜坐修鍊功成行滿,於 五月初二 午時,偕同聖父、聖母、聖妹、吳明媽、妹夫,王舍人及從教諸門下,在白礁故鄉,騎乘白鶴,白日飛昇,便應立志修真,研究道法。大帝時壽五十有八歲,鄉里遠近,人人仰頭觀望,家家戶戶列香案叩拜送行。大帝騎鶴飛登上界後,因凡界末靜,仍常眷念鄉里監視不忘。有一天,有群寇擾亂鄉里,聲勢洶洶,鄉人惶惶不安,不勝恐慌,家家列香案,當天禱祈大帝,顯化庇佑。未幾,官軍來到,與賊大戰,大帝暗申相助。賊首李二一大將當場被官兵擊斃,群賊無首,四散逃亡,亂遂平靜。鄉民拜謝大帝庇佑,除去惡賊,桑梓幸賴安寧。 有一次,大帝的鄉里大水驟然暴漲,整個鄉里變成汪洋大海,民房萬分危急,當快被沖毀之際,忽見大帝騎鶴在雲端施法,頃刻間,洪水立即退去,鄉里幸免於難。鄉民拜謝大帝靈感顯赫,解救鄉里,大家倡議建立祠宇,塑像奉祀,每年四季演戲慶祝敬奉。

2nd Day of Lunar 5 Month (農曆五月初二日) is considered as the Attaining of Immortality Anniversary of Medical Lord Bao Sheng aka Bao Sheng Da Di (保生大帝飛昇得道吉慶).

This Year, 2016, it falls on 06 June, a Monday.

In Singapore, Oneself can visit the following Temples to pay respect to Bao Sheng Da Di:

1 - Zhen Ren Gong (真人宮) aka Zhen Long Gong (真龍宮) located at Redhill Close

2 – Wan Shou Shan Guan Yin Temple (萬壽山觀音堂) located at Telok Blangah Height, infront of Blk 54

3 – Qing Long Gong (青龍宮) located at 193 Lorong 23 Geylang

More info on Bao Sheng Da Di (保生大帝其他相關資料):

http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2013/04/manifestation-anniversary-of-medical.html

Bao Sheng Praising Incantation (保生大帝寶誥):

http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2012/06/banner-of-lord-bao-sheng-bao_470.html

Bao Sheng Da Di music (保生大帝聖歌):

http://youtu.be/S20M8NHOjUU

Friday, 27 May 2016

龍虎山《十不得》景點











龍虎山《十不得》景點

相傳在此《十不得》景點中,困著《十人罡星》,也就是被《洪太尉》誤走了一百一十八星中的最後十星。

當其他一百零八星飛奔投胎時,三十代虛靖天師剛好趕回,在施了《雷法》後,將最後《十人罡星》困於此十處,護衛著這十個地方,不得外邪前來侵擾。

好了,以下是《十不得》景點之簡介:

天造地設尼姑背和尚走不得
此峰狀似依偎在一起的夫妻,又名“夫妻峰”。相傳在此峰對面仙人城的尼姑庵中,曾有一位非常美麗的尼姑愛上了一位和尚,兩人私奔時被法僧追趕,張天師愛其兩人真心相愛,便使出定身法讓他們永遠相依在這裡。

仙女配不得
又稱仙女岩,由於它的外觀極似女性生殖器,所以被看作是天下奇觀。

蓮花采不得
此峰在仙桃石的附近,是一叢像蓮花一樣綻放的石峰。據說這朵蓮花原本是瑤池的白蓮仙女,她下凡與龍虎山的青年柳青婚配,犯了天規,當天兵捉拿她回天庭時,她不肯回去,化成了石峰。

仙桃吃不得
此峰的形狀像一個被咬了一口的大桃子。傳說孫悟空從王母娘娘蟠桃會上偷得仙桃後,邊吃邊回花果山,飛經龍虎山時,一不小心,剛咬了一口的仙桃掉了下來,化成了山峰。

丹勺用不得
此岩狀若一把勺子。傳說西漢末年,龍虎山有位高人,他渾身長滿綠毛,隱居在碧魯洞裡煉丹,他的丹藥能治百病。東漢時,太上老君將“綠毛仙”召回天庭,綠毛仙臨走時將他煉丹用的勺子留在了這裡。

道堂坐不得
此塊巨岩狀若道教做法事的道堂,因其下臨深淵,水流湍急,所以稱為“道堂坐不得”。這裡岩奇水急,無風三尺浪,風雨浪滔天。岩底暗流奔瀉,據說從這裡倒下穀殼等物,會從20公里外的鷹潭龍頭山下湧出。

雲錦披不得
此峰若一面色彩斑斕的雲錦,峰前的河面也被山色染成五彩的。此峰陡峭如壁,寬幅百丈,寬大、高峻、平整,不愧是丹霞地貌最傑出的代表作。

石鼓敲不得
又稱蘑菇石。傳說石鼓原是鉛山葛仙寺的神鼓,這面鼓一年敲一響,鬼怪發抖;一年敲二響,五穀豐登;一年敲三響,六畜興旺。後來有一個和尚不懂寺規,連敲十響,驚動了天庭,玉帝降旨將鼓封存,神鼓不服處分,便從鼓架上滾到了龍虎山下。

劍石試不得
傳說張天師初來龍虎山煉丹,土地爺不買帳,指著座山峰說:“這是我的土地,豈能容你落腳?如果你的劍能把這山劈開,就讓你留下。”張天師一劍下去,將山石劈為兩半,就成了現在的“試劍石”。

玉梳梳不得
此石狀若一把斷齒的梳子。傳說它是昆侖山的八百年黃楊木精變成的,一天王母娘娘的侍女拿這把梳子為娘娘梳頭,突然草叢中沖出一條巨蟒,宮女嚇得失手將梳子摔下了凡間的瀘溪河,跌斷了一根梳齒。

端陽午時水符與端陽午時水龍虎符



 
端陽午時水符

Talisman for the Duan Wu Positive Water



在此與各方同道好友分享以下端陽午時水符。



用紅及黃紙﹐以硃砂入雄黃研磨後﹐書此符諱。



在取得端陽午時水後﹐將一紅一黃符諱貼於裝端陽午時水瓶/甕之上(蓋子)



如果須用到此端陽午時水來祭煉其他法器﹐可將一紅一黃符化入水中﹐便可立馬使用﹐無須再做任何清淨動作。



In here, Jave will like to share with all of you on the Talisman for the Fetching of Duan Wu Positive Water.



Procedure;



1 – Prepare Yellow & Red Talisman Paper



2 – Mix Cinnabar & Realgar powder together with 50% & above Alcohol-level Rice-wine



3 – Write the Talisman symbol onto the Yellow & Red Paper



4 – Collect the Water



5 – Paste 1 Yellow & 1 Red onto the Bottle/Jug (on the cover/cap)



For those who are using the Water for Cleansing of Spiritual Tools, can burn 1 Yellow & 1 Red Talisman into the Water and immediately, it is ready for Cleansing.



端陽午時水龍虎符

The Dragon & Tiger Talisman for Enhancing of Duan Wu Positive Water



在端午節正式落幕前﹐相信有好多同道好友會收集相當”可觀”的午時水。



在道教文化中﹐在收集午時水之時﹐須貼上” 端陽午時水符” (請參考以上)﹐而在收藏” 端陽午時水” 之時﹐則的在瓶/甕之下貼上” 端陽午時水龍虎符”。



此” 端陽午時水龍虎符”目的有二﹕



一為保持”正陽”不退



二為調召龍虎二將守護



此符須用黃表紙﹐硃砂書(/諱字書於符底部)﹐之後剪成瓶/甕底部大小﹐貼之。



之後以黃紅布包起﹐便可收藏數年。



三無量。

大道心。



In here, Jave will like to share with all of you on the Talisman that being used to protect the Duan Wu Water.



Usually this Talisman is being paste under the container of the Duan Wu Water before keeping.



This Talisman got 2 usage;



1 – to Trap the Positive Energy in the Water



2 – to evoke the Dragon & Tiger Generals to protect the Water



This Talisman must be drawn on Yellow Talisman Paper, with Cinnabar ink and cut into the size of the bottom of the Container of the Water in Round-shape.



Once paste up, use a Yellow & Red Cloth to cover up the Container and the water will be able to keep for years.


歡慶端午節 Celebration the Fifth Month Festival










歡慶端午節 Celebration the Fifth Month Festival



五月五日午。

天師騎艾虎。

赤口上青天。

百毒入地府。

菖蒲是爲劍。

荊棘邪氣捕。

雄黃書王字。

解除瘟疫苦。



以上是前幾年就分享過的《端午天師滅毒文》全文,如今民間衹用前面四句,這是不對的,因此須得更正回來。
 

農曆五月初五端午節是這個時節裡最重要的傳統節日按干支逢五稱」,所以端午又稱端五重午或重五

五月為毒月如有潤五月又稱出煞月初五更是九毒日之首所以端午節當天家家戶戶用紅紙把艾草(Artemisia argyi)菖蒲(Acorus calamus)和榕枝(banyan)綁成一束懸掛在門首有避邪保健之意菖蒲有脊如劍可驅魔斬妖艾草廣泛使用於針灸而菊科植物的氣味又有驅蟲的功效榕枝則有象徵青春之意

東漢‧應劭風俗通中記載漢俗在五月五日用五色絲線白色黑色綠色紅色黃色合成細索稱為長命縷」、「五色縷」、「朱索等名繫在手臂上男左女右據說可驅瘟病除邪止惡氣

五月五日古人又有以蘭草湯沐浴的習俗所以又叫浴蘭節」;人們在端午的午時取艾草柳枝桃葉菖蒲等浸在水中用來沐浴傳說可保整年不為疫氣所侵同一時辰也可在小孩的額頭用雄黃(Realgar)酒畫個可驅毒避邪

端午節又稱天中節」,如果在當天吃黃色食物可造命開運黃色食物有雄黃黃魚黃瓜南瓜黃豆蛋黃等端午節的時食有綠豆糕及鹹鴨蛋因為綠豆和鹹蛋均為涼性食物有去痧消暑之效而最普遍的是吃粽子粽子又稱角黍主要以菰蘆葉裹黏米加棗以淳濃灰汁煮熟近年來許多考生因其包中的諧音圖其吉利而親自包粽考生於包粽子的時候可唸蟾宮折桂」、「九重貴顯等吉祥語

另外家長們多在端午節讓小孩配戴老虎型香包內置檀香白芷(Angelica dahurica)桂心(Cinnamomum cassia)雄黃等香料希望能趨吉避邪祈求幸福是對下一代的關愛如果送香包給長輩也有表達尊敬之意

在換“端午符”時,記得默念:五月五日天中節一切災厄滅爲塵急急如律令



Fifth Month Festival, in Chinese known as Duan Wu Jie (端午節), Duan Yang Jie (端陽節) or Tian Zhong Jie (天中節), in English being translated as Dumpling Festival. In Hokkien Context, we will address it as Fifth Month Festival aka Ghor Ghuet Jhie (五月節).



According to Ancient Chinese Records, Fifth Month Festival actually existed far before Qu Yuan (the Loyal Poet) killed himself on the 5th Day of Lunar 5 Month. Due to Qu Yuan's Popular Image and the Loyalty-ness that he got, after his Death, Chinese only remember that this Day was dedicated to remember him and neglected the Origin of this Festival.



Since Yellow Emperor Era (黃帝時期) invented Lunar Calendar System, Fifth Month Festival was already being stated/shown on the Calendar System. On this Day, it means that the Sun reaches the Mid-point of the Earth (in the Era shall be refering to Mainland China). And so, the Mortal Realm will encounted Extreme Heat & different types of Diseases will arise due to the Moist & Hot weather.



In-order to get-rid of such Diseases from being spreaded around in the Commoners Society, certain pre-cautions had to be taken. This is how later, certain Chinese Herbs are being introduced and used in Chinese Families.



In here, I will start with a short introduction on how Rice Dumpling aka Zong Zi (棕子) came about. The Story goes like that:



Qu Yuan (屈原), other names known as Qu Ping (屈平) or Ling Jun (靈均), born in BC340 (生于公元前340), hometown in China Hu Bei Province Yi Chang County (湖北宜昌县).



After Qu Yuan grow-up, he got his Official Position in Chu Kingdom (楚國), from then, he was being Highly respected by the Chu King (楚王). Soon, Qin Kingdom (秦國) became the Biggest & Strongest Kingdom among the 7 Kingdoms in the Warring Period. Immediately, Qu Yuan sent an Petition to King Chu to request for joining force with Qi Kingdom (齊國) to go against Qin Kingdom. But due to obstacles in the joining forces, the Cooperation-agreement was being delayed. in BC 305, after the failure in the Cooperation with Qi Kingdom, Chu Kingdom was being conquered by Qin Kingdom.



Soon after Chu Kingdom was being taken over by Qin Kingdom, Qu Yuan was being Send-off by Chu Kingdom, from then, Qu Yuan started his wandering life. In BC 278, Qin Kingdom destoryed Capital Ying (郢都) of Chu Kingdom, upon receiving the news, Qu Yuan was suffered from extreme shock and with the Strong-blow on Chu Kingdom being destroyed, Qu Yuan killed himself in Mi Luo River (汨羅河). At that time, Qu Yuan was only 63 years old.



Knowing that Qu Yuan had killed himself in Mi Luo River, the Commoners of Old Chu Kingdom were upset and touched by his Loyalty and so immediately, the Strong-men gathered Boats and set-off to the River to search for Qu Yuan, hoping that they might be able to rescue Qu Yuan from drowning. After sometime, the Strong-men were not able to see any sight of Qu Yuan. Upon hearing the News, the Elderlys & Ladies started to make Rice-balls & Rice-cubes and asked the Strong-men to go out into the Mi Luo River again, this time round, the Strong-men were advised to throw the Rice-balls & Rice-cubes into the River. This is to allow the Fishes in the River to eat the Rice-balls & cubes and not eating the Flesh of Qu Yuan.



From then, on the Day of Qu Yuan's suicide, 5th Day of Lunar 5 Month, Chinese will prepare Rice-dumplings (包棕子) & participate in Dragon-boat Racing (賽龍舟) to remember the Loyalty & Faithfulness of Qu Yuan.



Now, after knowing how Dragon-Boat Racing & Rice-dumpling come about, I will do some brief Introduction on the Practices on the Ancient Fifth Month Festival.



In Ancient Era, Fifth Month Festival is also known as Tian Zhong Jie (translated as Heaven in the Center Position Day 天中節) and so, Chinese will tend to believe that the Sun had reaches the Peak Point in the Mortal Realm. Besides that, due to Heaven had reaches the Center Point of the whole Mortal Realm, meaning that, this Day, Chinese shall used Yellow-color in-order to respect the Heaven or Deities and so, on this Day, Chinese will only consume or use Items that got Yellow color (In Taoism, Center Position/Element has the Natural Color of Yellow/Brown 中方為黃).



Besides that, due to Chinese also believed that this Day is the Day that All Diseases & Negative Entities will come out to make nasty & harm Mortals, the Chinese will prepared some Natural Herbs/Plants to get rid of the Negative Stuffs.



Such Herbs/Plants are:



1) 艾草 (Artemisia Argyi) - due to the Aroma given out by this Plant, it is able to stop Insects & Worms from getting near



2) 菖蒲 (Acorus Calamus) - due to the Hard & Sharp Stem that this Plant has, Chinese believed that the Stem is able to transform into Spiritual Sword for eliminating Negative Entities



3) 榕枝 (Banyan Leaves Stem) - has a significate of New Life & Re-start



After gathering the Herbs/Plants, the Chinese will used Red-paper to wrap on the Bottom-part of the Herbs/Plants and then hang it outside of the House to prevent the Diseases or Negative Entities from entering.



Once the hanging is completed, the Chinese will prepare a Big Basin of Water and placed it outside the House/Garden where the Sun can shine directly onto the Water. After the Timing reaches 1100Am (Chinese Hour known as Wu Shi or Horse Hour 午時), the Chinese will keep the Water in and then, by adding a little bit of Realgar (雄黃), Artemisia Argyi (艾草), Acorus Calamus (菖蒲), Willow Leaves (柳枝葉) & Peach-blossom Leaves (桃花葉) and once its ready, the whole Family will used the Water for Showering or washing of Face to get rid of any form of Sickness.



By then, the Ladies will prepared Wine with little amount of Realgar (雄黃酒), this is to be consumed by the whole Family in-order to detox the internal toxic-substances in our Physical Body. And Chinese believed that, by drinking this Realgar Wine, oneself will be blessed with Good Health.



Besides the washing & drinking, the Elderlys will also gather 5 Color Strings (Yellow, Red, Green, White & Black 五色線). After the gathering, the Elderlys will tie the 5 Color Strings together to make it into Wrist-band. After that, the Elderlys will distribute them out to each Family Member for wearing. Guys to wear on the Left Hand & Girls on the Right Hand.



Chinese believed that by wearing this 5 Color Wrist-band, oneself will be blessed with the Positive Energies emitted from the 5 Directions (五方正氣) and so, no Negative Entities will be able to come near or do any nasty actions.



In Taoism, on this Day, the Taoists will usually recite the following Mantra immediately oneself get up from the Bed. This Mantra is to gather the Positive Energy from the Heaven to assist oneself in getting rid of any form of Negative Entities.



五月初五天中節一切災厄滅為塵急急如律令

Wu Yue Chu Wu Tian Zhong Jie. Yi Qie Zai E Mie Wei Chen. Ji Ji Ru Lv Ling



For the Offering to Deities/Ancestors on Fifth Month Festival, oneself or the Family can just prepare the following items:



1) 5 Rice-dumplings on each Altar ( most people will prefer Kee Chang - 五顆梘水棕, the Plain one)

2) 3 Cups of Chinese Tea (三杯上等茶)

3) 1 Set of Fruits (in 5 Quantity 生果五顆)

4) 3 Sets of Shou Jin/San Bao Jin (三份壽金/三寶金)

5) 3 Sets of Silver-paper for Ancestors (祖先:三份銀紙錢)