Cheng Meng-practice of paying respects to departed relatives and ancestors

Malaysian Life

The actual date for Cheng Meng falls on 4 April this year. As it is a Thursday,  for convenience so that most people would be able to make it, it would normally be held around weekends one month before or after the actual date.

During this period, family members would visit graves of their departed family members or ancestors to do a ‘gotong royong’, ie cleaning up the overgrown grass and weeds together. Then they would pay respect, offer food and prayer items.

After that, everyone would sit down and have the meal after the jossticks have burned off.

The paper items have evolved with each year and had gotten hi-tech with paper equivalents of iPad, iPhone and digital players.

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