Ancestor Altar

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Chinese Worshiping Altar
Chinese Worshiping Altar

For as long as I could remember, I've always had this ancestor worshiping altar at home. It resembles the ones who have passed in this case, it was for both of my grandfathers. Occasionally, we would light matches around the house, leave fresh fruit and flowers. Sometimes, on special holidays such as Lunar New Year we would set up food, wine and praying papers in front of the altar so they could celebrate the holidays as well.  This is to show respect and that we are still thinking about the, even after they've passed. The altar is extremely important to my family, we constantly have it on and we clean it regularly, We always leave the lights on the altar on to resemble that they are still here with us even though they are not physically here. Even though I've never met my grandparents, the altar makes it feel as if they're still there watching over my family and myself. Even if they're not here anymore, they still are.

– Julian Chen

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