Qingming Festival

Friday, March 30, 2007

The Qingming Festival 清明節; or Ching Ming Festival used in Hong Kong, literally Clear and Bright Festival, is a traditional Chinese festival on the 104th day after the winter solstice, usually occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar

For the Chinese, it is a day to remember and honour one's ancestors. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food and libation to the ancestors. The rites are very important to most Chinese and especially farmers.

In Malaysia, Chinese also practice this custom. This weekend and next weekend, Chinese will be making their way back to their hometown. Every year without fail, I will be back to Sg. Lembing, Pahang where my grandparents and parents tombs are placed. I will be leaving for
Kuantan this morning and stayed overnight at my brother house. We will be waking up early and drive up to Sg Lembing by 7am to pray to our ancestors. This is avoid the crowd and hot sun.

After that, we will proceed to the Sg Lembing little town for breakfast. There are some nice local foods there like Tau Foo Home Made Noddles Mee, Ketchup Noddles etc.

I will post some of this foods when I am back on Saturday night.

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