Saturday, 9 April 2011

Respecting and Saying 'hi' to my elders.

Last week of March was Qing Ming weekend for the Foo Family. 

For those who don't know what Qing Ming is all about have a look at the below explanation: 

Extracted from Wikipedia
'Qingming Festival is when Chinese people visit the graves or burial grounds of their ancestors. Traditionally, people brought a whole rooster with them to the graves visited but the occasion has become less formal over time.' 

'The Qingming Festival is an opportunity for celebrants to remember and honour their ancestors at grave sites. 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.'

'Qingming in Malaysia is an elaborate family function or a clan feast (usually organized by the respective clan association) to commemorate and honour recently deceased relatives at their grave sites and distant ancestors from China at home altars, clan temples or makeshift altars in Buddhist or Taoist temples. For the oversea Chinese community, the Qingming festival is very much a family celebration and at the same time, a family obligation. They see this festival as a time of reflecton and to honour and give thanks to their forefathers.'

'Traditionally, the family will burn spirit money and paper replicas of material goods such as cars, homes and phones and paper servants. In Chinese culture, it is believed that people still need all of those things in the afterlife.' 

Day One
My flight to Kota Bharu was at 7am.. so i had to like get up at 4.30am? Arrived KB at 8.30am and went back to the house to dumb the bags.. headed for breakfast and to the first grave of the weekend. I'll the pictures speak for themselves for day one. 

Day 2 was when we went to the cemetery at 8am and finished at 1pm.... We had a total of 4 graves to visit... Again pictures will do the talking... =) 

So that ends my qing ming weekend at Kota Bharu. 

Next post up will be about Nick's visit to KL.. more like we going to party in Velvet. haha. 

Have a great Saturday night peeps! xoxo

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