My Spring festival in a countryside of the middle Shandong
In my hometown, people prepare weeks for the upcoming Spring festival not only for the living but for the deceased. Traditionally, my people in that area think the deceased live in the other world and their souls would come back to celebrate the Spring Festival and enjoy the sacrifices their offsprings provide during the day of "Nian" and the first day of the Chinese new year calendar. The past would receive our sacrifices and kowtows during the two-day period. On the second day of the Chinese new year, those ancestors would be sent away with "ghost money paper" and fireworks. All the people of the clan in our village would take part in this ceremony and kowtow to the past. That also means the end of the year.
People kill rooster and make it a special pattern as a sacrifice.
A basic model of the rooster scarifice, which the hardest part is to make its wings out through its mouth, kind of cruel even finish it after its death.
This the sacrifice table for the past ancestors, wine and tea are prepared as well as other offerings.
People of the clan burn the paper money to see off the deceased.
People murmur prays to ancestors to protect the living
Firecrackers are firing during the see-off ceremony.