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Yearly Event - Tomb Sweeping Day

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Its the time of the year again. We celebrate this in early April every year.
This year's Ching Ming Festival or Chingming or Tomb Sweeping Day or Ancestors Day or Cheng Beng falls on the 5th of April. Wow! So many names to it ya.

Anyway, this is the day/time where we visit our ancestors grave sites, sweep, wash, clean, clear (grasses) and offer food, fruits, drinks (tea and wine) and paper money, paper clothing, paper bags, paper shoes, paper jewelries, paper handphone, etc. etc.

Like previous years, we always celebrate it a week earlier to avoid the traffic jam. As usual we came the day before to do the clearing and cleaning. The next day we brought the food and praying materials which will be burnt for the ancestors just before we leave. Here are some pics to give you some ideas of this celebration.

Ching Ming in Kuching - Wirebliss
We left early morning around 7:00 am but still got caught in the jam.
Smoke in the background from burning of joss sticks and paper offerings.
Ching Ming in Kuching and the jam - Wirebliss
Still caught in the jam.
Can't tell the difference between rows of cars and rows of tombs :)
Ching Ming in Kuching, the tomb - Wirebliss
This is our "outing" spot.
Ching Ming in Kuching, food offerings - Wirebliss
Food, fruits, rice, soup, wine, tea, kuih, noodles.
All the favorite of the dear departed. 
Ching Ming in Kuching with the boys - Wirebliss
This year we decided to bring the boys along.
Their first time and its like a picnic.
Ching Ming in Kuching - Wirebliss
Hot hot day!
Ching Ming in Kuching, waiting - Wirebliss
While waiting for the dear departed to finished their meal.
Ching Ming in Kuching, panaromic - Wirebliss
Panoramic view - about half of the cemetery.
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Ching Ming in Kuching at Nirvana Memorial Park - Wirebliss
This is at Nirvana Memorial Park, near Bau.
Looks like a park/garden.
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2 comments :

Heather Rodman Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:49:00 AM GMT+8  

We have something like this, Memorial Day, here in the States. Generally, we clean up the graves of our veterans and family members, and leave flowers at the gravesites- but it's not as elaborate (or cheerful!) as Ching Ming appears to be. Our gravesites aren't as pretty, usually, either- westerners tend to be, ah, a little more grim.
I'd trade you holidays in a heartbeat! ;)

Mei Tan Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:50:00 AM GMT+8  

Yes, it is similar and you are right that our memorial day here is more like a family outing, except of course for those who are visiting the recently departed.

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