Speaking of the fasting, except to burn incense to Buddha, it is undoubtedly most closely related to the sacrifice. It is a major event in the ancient Chinese ritual of sacrifice. The resulting fasting card was widely used as a warning sign of the self-control and the fast by ancient Chinese during sacrifice period. Because of its precious materials, unique style and exquisite appearance, fasting card has become a collection of Chinese artworks.

The earliest fasting card was made in the Hongwu year (1372) of Ming Dynasty. The wood fasting card with the inscription of warning was produced by each department of the government during sacrifice period. Qing Dynasty inherited this traditional ritual of fasting and established very strict procedures of fasting ritual particularly in Yongzheng period. During this period, the government designed a great variety of fasting cards and required all those who were participating the ritual of sacrifice must wear fasting cards in order to remind them to control their behaviors and show the worship of the sacrifice.