A whole roasted pig is often presented in occasions such as parties; house warming; weddings; or as offerings to the deities. Well known for its crackling skin exterior and succulent meaty interior, it often takes hours in the oven till they are roasted to perfect crisp.
In Hakka/ Cantonese customs, it has been a long-standing tradition to give a whole perfectly roasted pig to the bride’s mother. It represents the bride’s chastity, and if she has lost her chastity, the pig’s tails or ears will be broken off. However, a whole roast suckling pig hasn’t always been used for this significance.
Traditionally, a red dot (宫纱珠 Gōng shā zhū) placed on the bride’s forearm was used to represent her chastity and disappears when she loses it. As pig (猪 “zhū”) sounds like pearl (珠 “zhū”) in 宫纱珠 “Gōng shā zhū”, the tradition has then been replaced with the groom gifting a whole roast pig to show sincerity for the union.
Roasted pigs are also commonly used as offerings for prayers to ancestors and deities. Often, it is also a standard practice by Chinese to host a praying ceremony ahead of major events/film’s openings, by offering roasted pig; fruits; liquor and five kinds of grains to deities in return for their blessings.
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