2010-04-06

Qing Ming 2010

The Qingming Festival is an opportunity for celebrants to remember and honour their ancestors at grave sites or temples. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, joss paper accessories, and/or libations to the ancestors. Another common practice is to carry flowers instead of burning paper, incense or firecrackers.

The Chinese see this festival as a time of reflecton and to honour and give thanks to their forefathers. According to the ancient custom, grave site veneration is only feasible ten days before and after the Qingming Festival. If the visit is not on the actual date, normally veneration before Qingming is encouraged.

Last Saturday, we started early in the morning by paying respect to my late parents at the Siamese temple. This was my princesses first trip to the place where we worship my late parents.

Only the soup and rice were cooked by me, the rest of dishes, biscuits, flowers and fruit were bought from the market in the morning.
Traditionally, the family will burn paper money (paper having the imprint of money) and paper replicas of some material good such a car, maid, home, phone, etc. In Chinese culture, even though a person has died, he or she may still need all of these in the afterlife.
My two princesses were helping me to unfold the yellow burning papers one by one. Since this was their first time joining in the Qing Ming praying, they were curious with a lot things, especially matters regarding life and death.

After taking turns to worship in the temple, we brought the food home and feast on it ourselves.

5 comments:

  1. yan, this is a yearly celebration we never miss. partly, it's time for the Chinese to remember, honour and worship those who passed on. partly, it's a gathering for family members.

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  2. A good experience for your two princesses! My son so far has never gone to such places before.

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  3. a very good experience for the kids huh? the place where you paid your respect to your late parents look very clean.

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  4. You have got two very helpful girls here! I love curious kids regardless in any subjects, notice they eyes glare and shine when they ask a question! ^-^

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  5. Yvonne, Barb, Alice Phua and Alice Law.

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