The holidays have really got me thinking. I am not religious… but there are some family traditions that I follow.

When I go to Hong Kong, I would visit a Buddhist temple and pray for my grandparents. Buddhists believe that when people pass away they watch over their family members in their after life. It has always been such a comforting thought for me.

I also prayed for success in education. As I am wrapping up my PhD and defending soon, I prayed that things would go smoothly. People tend to pray for anything that is on their mind at temples. Good health and good fortune are very common ones and they sell lucky charms at the temple for these prayers.

So visiting a temple and paying respect to my ancestors has always been a tradition in my family. What are some of your family traditions? I would love to know!

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