Tian-Jin Ceremony

The Tian-Jin Ceremony is held two times a year, once in May, another time in autumn. Under the guidance of the temple master, this solemn occasion beckons individuals to honour their ancestors and departed loved ones through incense prayers, scripture recitations, food offerings, and the burning of joss paper boats and lotus flowers.

Attendees have the opportunity to register a table of food offerings dedicated to their ancestors and wandering spirits, creating a bountiful feast. The Chinese Kuan-Kung Association supplies non-perishable food items for each table, later contributing the offerings to the local food bank.

All are welcome to participate or observe during the three-day ceremony.

Sep 13 to 15, 2024


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Registration Information

If you're interested in registering a table or spot in the Ceremony, please visit the temple and connect at the front desk.

We invite all registrants to join us during the three-day Ceremony in the chanting of scriptures and praying with incense. You are welcome to bring your family members to participate.

If you wish, you may bring your own food offerings to place on your registered table. Often, individuals may order more bags of rice with the front desk to show sincerity and abundance in the offerings. If you leave the food items on the table after the Ceremony ends, we will donate them to the local food bank on your behalf.

Food Bank Donations

After each Tian-Jin Ceremony, the Association donates the remaining imperishable food items to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Each time, the Food Bank provides large wooden crates to hold all the food items collected from the Ceremony.

We thank all Ceremony registrants for supporting this great deed. The donations would not be possible without the collective efforts of the registrants and our volunteers.

Donation numbers

  • May 2019: 16,055 pounds
  • Sep 2017: 15,734 pounds
  • May 2017: 19,370 pounds
  • May 2016: 14,977 pounds