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A woman is burning incense sticks at a Buddhist temple in HCM City. - Photos: Adrien Jean
Bamboo is cut into small stick This traditional practice is done both at home on the ancestors’ altar and worshiping places, particularly pagodas, on the most important days of the lunar calendar (1st and 15th days of lunar month), and at major occasions.
Incense and long circular sticks are burning in a temple in HCM City’s District 1
A young man is collecting dry incense sticks. After being dyed, these small bamboo sticks will be sun-dried
In this phase, powder is mixed with other ingredients to make the final burning powder
Then the burning part is applied to dry incense sticks
Incense sticks are spread out so that they can become dry quicker
Dry incense sticks are gathered…
… and sorted out to pick the good sticks from broken ones

The journey of incense sticks

(VOVWORLD) - To Vietnamese, burning incense is the traditional ritual meant to build a bridge between the visible life of the present generation and the spiritual world of gods and past generations.