“Shangqi” is a ceremony performed to establish spiritual kinship with deities, and is known as “Qishen” in some areas. Shangqi is a traditional Chinese custom of praying for blessings, and it should have originated when our ancient ancestors made their children establish spiritual kinships with the tree deities, stone deities, and local deities of nature. As we all know, while the birth rate was really high in ancient China, it was not easy to raise newborn children to adulthood. Therefore, our ancestors established spiritual kinships between their children and deities to receive their blessing and protection so that they will grow up healthily. This process evolved into the “shangqi” ritual, which prayed for the protection of the gods, so that their babies can avoid all disasters and grow up without suffering any disasters or hardships.
The shangqi ceremony of Sik Sik Yuen is specially prepared by Dr. Lee Yiu-fai (Yee Kok), Abbot of Sik Sik Yuen and called the “Wong Tai Sin Shangqi Ceremony”. It is performed to invoke Master Wong Tai Sin's blessings for all of Master Wong Tai Sin's godchildren.