Qing Ming 2010The 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.
After taking turns to worship in the temple, we brought the food home and feast on it ourselves.