We are not exactly devout believers of Chinese Folk Religions, but we went to the temple for prayers on the Lunar New Year.
Guang Fu Temple (广福宫) is one of the most popular temples in Alor Star. I never enjoyed my experience there because the smoke from the incense suffocates me badly.
For me, burning joss sticks is more of a symbolic gesture than any other thing. It symbolises hope, dedication and sincerity.
However, I am not too sure what it means to this granny. All that harboured in the gigantic stick could be her wholehearted wishes for the wellbeing of her family. Or the prosperity of the country.
Lotus candles, yet another way of conveying wishes to the Gods.
When a family does it together, you feel the harmony.
To wrap up the ceremony, one lights the paper money...
... and hopes that the well-wishes reach the Gods through the flames.
Note: I am using poetic license in the description above. It's not meant to be a perfect depiction of the meaning and implication of various ceremonies.