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March 29, 2009

Cheng Meng: Grave Sweeping

29 MAR 2009: Cheng Meng is one of the traditional Chinese festivals. It’s a day to remember and honor our ancestors where we pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, (joss) paper accessories, and/or libation to the ancestors.

It was a tough morning for me where I woke up at 5am to get everything ready. Drove out at 10 5:50am, passed by stalls to buy some foods and reached the cemetery at 6:30am. The crowd was expectedly lesser comparing last year, as people said it wasn’t an auspicious day for grave visiting. As usual, we started with my grandparents’ grave and followed by my mum. Weather was nice with cold morning wind blowing occasionally. Looked at my mum’s grave, it has been 20 years since she left us. Wow, 20 years…and I’m getting much older/mature now.

Finished the grave sweeping at 10am and proceed with breakfast at shop nearby.


25 comments:

*Anton* said...

Your Mom would have been proud to have a son like you! ^_^

+Ant+

TZ said...

I'm going to cheng meng this weekend ... my great grandparents and my grandparent's tombs...

Danny said...

i will do mine on 12/4...another family gathering for us..btw, if i'm you, i won't camwhore at the cemetery area lo...lol...later got extra faces...lol

K|E|E|N|Y|E|E said...

Anton: Hopefully. :)

TZ: Enjoy your family gathering lo. Mind to share where is it?

Danny: Hehe, that's actually what I was hoping for. Seeing another face, but ended up with dissapointment lo.

Nkw@i said...

every year, I will did it late 1 week but this year, I did it early 1 week...

so so so many ppl in early or morning!!! @_@

~LeuMaS~ said...

its been a long time i didnt do chengmeng dy.... and i jst simply dun wanna do it

Twilight Zone said...

It must have been tough for your dad but he did a good job. Look at how handsome you can camwhore now!

Danny said...

dun simply talk-talk... later your camera will have extra faces from now on....;p

sbanboy said...

Wah still got time to cam whore while climbing up the hills ??? hehe

K|E|E|N|Y|E|E said...

Nkw@i: Yeah, it was normally packed every year. That was why I woke up at 5am lo. Went the with sleepy eyes.

LeuMaS: Any reason why you don't wanna go for it?

Twilight Zone: Yeah, we have gone throught the toughest time together. And I knew it was tougher for him. Shh...my dad isn't aware of my camwhoring.

Danny: Aiks, next time I use my camera to take your photo for testing ya.

sbanboy: Hehe, we drove up lo. So I have plenty of energy to camwhore around lo.

Chris said...

It's been a long time i didn;t go back to Ipoh for Cheng Meng... Feel like so guilty to my ancestor..

[SK] said...

OMG camwhoring at such place!! *faint*

Glog said...

Go to graveyard also take picture... tsk tsk tsk

K|E|E|N|Y|E|E said...

Chris: It's quite tough to adjust your schedule lo. They will understand ger. :)

SK, Glog: Hehe, just for fun la. Luckily no extra faces.

~LeuMaS~ said...

the reason is = my grandpa has too many sons & daughters...and each of them also have a few kids... it's like so many ppl gathering at the graveyard while doing ntg...i dun have the chance to clean the graveyard too...and its kind of boring

Eric Wong said...

I have mine this weekend, it's once a year family gathering.

K|E|E|N|Y|E|E said...

LeuMaS: And tiring too, especially the moment of waking up at 5am. KILL ME!!! Haha.

Eric Wong: Enjoy lor. And thanks for dropping by. :)

LEon said...

20 years is a long time but you are a filial son who had been doing this for continuously 20 years. I'm sure your mum will be happy.

fufu said...

20yrs? yeah always treasure the people around us =) and not the dead persons during cheng meng.... am i right??

K|E|E|N|Y|E|E said...

LEon: Thanks. Hopefully she is resting in peace. :)

fufu: True, always appreciates those around us. And of course couldn't forget those who left also la.

savante said...

Good tradition to have actually :) We usually leave at some ungodly hour of 6 as well! Damned hot!

Leon Koh said...

looked like a great day

K|E|E|N|Y|E|E said...

savante: Yeah, waking up at 5am++ was always the toughest part...at least for me lo.

Leon Koh: It was great. Always enjoy such family event. :)

Twilight Zone said...

DBKL honks - Woi, your blog is long EXPIRED!

K|E|E|N|Y|E|E said...

Twilight Zone: Aiyo nanny, so lazy la lately to update this. Sabar la...