In Cantonese Taoism, when one passed on, ‘Da Zhai’ is one ritual that most family member would request Taoist priest to perform for the deceased. The purpose is to let the deceased to reincarnate to a better life. Family members also can take the opportunity to pay tribute to the ancestors.

The rituals include chanting of prayers, ‘Breaking Hell’ ceremony to save the deceased, crossing the ‘Gold and Silver’ bridges to reincarnate to a better life and burning of paper artefact eg. big paper house, car, aeroplane and so on.

Believers believe that the netherworld is the same as the present world and thus they will burn the paper artefact for the deceased.

Video- “Breaking the Hell’s Gate” ritual

“打斋” 的意义