Alliance for Action (AfA) on Norms for Joss Paper Burning 焚烧冥纸规范行动联盟

Background

The Alliance for Action (AfA) on Norms for Joss Paper Burning is a cross-sector collaboration involving stakeholders from community, businesses, and government with the goal of forging a consensus within the Chinese community on desired norms for the traditional custom of joss paper burning. The AfA have embarked on a multi-year Public Education (PE) campaign to raise awareness on the correct way of practicing joss paper burning, starting from 7th Lunar Month in 2022.

The Alliance for Action (AfA) on Norms for Joss Paper Burning is a cross-sector collaboration involving stakeholders from community, businesses, and government with the goal of forging a consensus within the Chinese community on desired norms for the traditional custom of joss paper burning. The AfA plans to embark on a multi-year Public Education (PE) campaign to raise awareness on the correct way of practicing joss paper burning, starting with this year’s 7th Lunar Month.

为了在本地华族社群设⽴⼀套焚烧冥纸的社会规范,政府机构和私⼈企业联合组织了⼀个焚烧冥纸规范⾏动联盟。从2022 年农历七⽉份开始,⾏动联盟已经率先展开⼀系列为期多年的公众教育运动。⾏动联盟由新加坡佛教总会执⾏⻓柯孙科先⽣和新加坡宗乡会馆联合总会财政洪宝兴先⽣带领,并由国家发展部⾼级政务部⻓沈颖⼥⼠担任顾问。⾏动联盟同华社以及来⾃各界的利益相关者,包括宗教团体、庙宇领袖、新加坡神料同业商会和殡葬业者,共同商议,拟定⼀套焚烧冥纸的社会规范,并计划将此规范通过公众教育运动传达给华社。

Key Public Education Messages

The Lunar New Year 2023 PE campaign focuses on encouraging responsible joss paper burning. The key messages are as follows:
  1. As we usher in the Lunar New Year, let’s accumulate positive merits by being considerate to our neighbourhood and the environment.
  2. There is no need to burn joss paper along common corridors for your prayers to be received.
  3. Ensure that offerings fit into the joss paper burners provided by Town Councils before purchasing them. Please clear up your offerings after your prayers.
  4. Consider doing new year prayer rituals in temples instead of residential estates.

今年农历新年的公众教育运动鼓励居民在焚烧冥纸时要有公德心。以下是行动联盟的公众教育讯息:

  1. 新年到了万象更新,齐心协力确保环境更清新。
  2. 接送神明拜天公,虔诚祭祀与了解初衷。 请不要在公共走廊焚烧金纸。
  3. 购买大型纸制祭品前,请查看焚烧桶的尺寸是否容纳得下。祭祀后,请清理香烛祭品, 保持环境清洁。
  4. 不妨考虑到邻近庙宇进行祭祀活动。


The 7th Lunar Month 2022 PE campaign focused on correcting misconceptions and myths associated with the joss paper burning folk practice. The key messages are as follows:

  1. Let’s be kind to our environment and neighbours when burning joss paper.
  2. Please burn small quantities of joss paper at a time to ensure complete combustion and reduce smoke and ashes.
  3. Traditionally joss paper should be burnt during worshipping, and not tossed or scattered.
  4. Please clear up your offerings after prayers.

2022年农历七月的公众教育运动,着重于澄清并更正关于焚烧冥纸的迷思和不正确行为。以下是行动联盟的公众教育讯息:

  1. 环保祭祀。爱心祭祀。焚烧冥纸时,为环境和邻里留一份心。
  2. 焚烧冥纸时,每次将少量的冥纸放进焚化炉里,确保冥纸燃尽,可减少烟雾和灰烬。
  3. 冥纸是用来烧的,不是用来抛的。
  4. 祭祀后,请清理香烛祭品,保持环境清洁。

AfA Members & Organisations

Name Designation Organisation
Kua Soon Khe
Kua Soon Khe
柯孙科
Chief Executive, Singapore Buddhist Federation
《新加坡佛教总会》执⾏⻓
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Hong Poh Hin
Hong Poh Hin BBM
洪宝兴BBM
Treasurer, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations
《新加坡宗乡会馆和总会》财政

Chairman, Singapore Foochow Association
《新加坡福州会馆》主席

Chairman, Foochow Coffee Restaurant and Bar Merchants Association
《福州咖啡酒餐商公会》主席
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Shi You WeiVenerable Shi You Wei
释有维法师
Abbot, Di Zang Lin
《地藏林》住持

Chairman of Education Committee, Singapore Buddhist Federation
《新加坡佛教总会》教育组主任
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Venerable Shi You GuangVenerable Shi You Guang
释有广法师
Abbot, Dong Xun Ge (Samantabhadra Vihara)
《东眴阁》住持

Secretary-General, Singapore Buddhist Federation
《新加坡佛教总会》秘书长
Dong Xun Ge
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Benjamin Tan
陈贤达道长
Leader of Prayer & Blessing Group and Special Committee Member, Taoist Federation (Singapore)
《新加坡道教总会》祈祷⼩组组⻓ & 特别 委员
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Liow Kok Ann
Liow Kok Ann
Board Member, Wat Ananda
  《阿南达弥提雅拉玛泰佛寺》董事
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Pua Luck Kheng
Pua Luck Kheng
潘乐敬
Unit Manager, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
《光明山普觉禅寺》社群发展处经理
Kong Meng San Por Kark See Monastery Logo
Yeo Cheong Hua
Yeo Cheong Hua
杨昌华
Chairman, Singapore Religious Goods Merchants Association (RGMA)
《新加坡神料同业商会》会长
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Hoo Hung Chung Chye
Hoo Hung Chye
何鸿材
Executive Director, The Association of Funeral Directors Singapore
《新加坡殡葬协会》执行董事
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Master Chung Kwang Tong
Master Chung Kwang Tong (Wei Yi)
庄光栋(惟义)道长
Secretary-General, Quan Zhen Cultural Society
新加坡全真教化协会,秘书长
 quan zhen cultural society
Dr Benjie Ng Ser Kwei
黄思快博士
General Secretary, Soon Thian Keing (Tua Konsi) Ltd
《顺天宫》秘书长
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Bernard Choo
Choo Chee Wee, Bernard
朱志伟
Editor, Shin Min Daily News
《新明日报》总编辑
Chua Chim Kang
蔡深江
Chief Editor, MediaCorp Chinese News & Current Affairs
《新传媒新闻》总编辑

Public Education Materials

Type Reference  Link
A4 Public Education Poster for
Lunar New Year (2023)
 Poster_Generic  A4 Poster
Public Education Materials for DDPs for
Lunar New Year (2023)
 2022lnyddp  Video
A4 Public Education Poster for
7th Lunar Month (2022)
2022 jOSS PAPER A4 Poster
Supermarket Public Education
Wobbler for 7th Lunar Month (2022)

wobblers
Wobblers
Public Education Materials for DDPs
for 7th Lunar Month (2022)
2022lnyddp
Video
Our Grandfather Story: “How Your Ancestors
Want To Receive Your Offerings” (July 2022)
 OGS Vid Video

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