Incense, traditionally widely used to worship gods with, has been a vital part for Chinese. It has been a significant ritual for Chinese to burn incense at the end of a year to send their best wishes to their ancestors. Home, to many of us, is synonymous with root; that is to say, we Chinese stress the importance of managing our family and learning to empathize with our own family members in the hope that we can have a solid bond with each other and have a fulfilling life. Through burning incense, we remember our ancestors, solidify our family bonds, learn to be grateful and filial, and last but not least, learn to be loving.
Being grateful means that we do not take anything for granted. Also, a grateful person is willing to help out and give away something just to share his own happiness. Gratitude is by all means a virtue we should cultivate, since we should cherish what others do for us and be willing to do something in reward for others’ kindness.
Worshipping ancestors with incense is a holy ceremony. With the ascending smoke of incense, we are taught to remember our own roots and follow the good deeds of our predecessors. The most important part in the worshipping ceremony is our heart and love. It is often said that “Burning good-quality incense, and you are sure to get good luck!” Natural incense smells good, makes us feel comfortable, and keep the energy field of our family stable and peaceful, which ensures us that our family is well in all aspects!