Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tomb sweeping 扫墓

Pictures courtesy of Mimi Ng taken at Hokkien Cemetery, Kajang

Qing Ming Festival a.k.a Tombs Sweeping Day, falls on April 5.

It is a day for Chinese to go to the cemeteries and columbarium with offerings, to pay respect to their departed ancestors and loved ones. It is also a time for family reunion.

Being a Sunday, the cemetery at the back of my house (top) is filled with people and cars as early as 6:00 am.

We went to Nilai Memorial Park at dawn to pay respect to my parents. Their ashes are interred at the park's columbarium (below).

My brothers, nephews and nieces were there too.

As a Christian, I am following Chinese custom to fulfill my annual duty as a son to pay respect and honour to my non-Christian parents at their tombs (in this case, at the ash niches).

It is also a time for a reunion with siblings, sister-in-laws, nephews and nieces. The food offerings are later shared among us.








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