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

The actual date for Cheng Meng (Qing Ming) usually falls on the 4th or 5th April each year. It follows the Gregorian calendar instead of the Chinese calendar.

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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