"It rains during Qing Ming season,
people feeling sadness and sorrow (remembering the departed).
May I ask where to buy a drink (wine),
a boy pointed at a far end village named Apricot flowers."
This is a famous Chinese poem written in eighth century best describing the mood of the Qing Ming festival.
Chinese will celebrates Qing Ming Festival on 4-4-09, a day to remember and honor the departed ancestors and loved ones by paying respect at the cemeteries and columbariums. It can be done two weeks before the actual festival.
We went today early in the morning at 7:00 am to pay respect to my parents and a brother at the Nilai Memorial Park Columbarium. My second sister-in-law has prepared offerings consisting of chicken, pork dishes, cakes, dumpling, coffee, wine and boxes of paper gold and silver.
My father died in 1957 and my mother in 1966. Even though they did not know Christ, but I still pray for their repose through the mercy of God, rest in peace. I also asked them to pray for us. I strongly believed all creatures are saved "through Him, with Him, in Him".
The modern cemetery has diluted the feeling of sadness and sorrow. Moreover, it has been more than forty years since their passing....
So instead of getting a drink after the ceremony, we headed towards Seremban to have Dim Sum for breakfast.
今天大清晨七时，我们就到了汝来的孝恩园骨灰塔拜祭我的父母及一位哥哥。我的二嫂准备了拜祭用的鸡 、肉 、菜肴 、咖啡 、糕饼 、酒 、肉粽等，还有好多包的纸金和纸银。