Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tomb Sweeping

It's the Qing Ming (清明节) festival now but this year both hubby and I are not joining the families to pray our ancestors. Reason being is simple, I'm pregnant and hubby is here to accompany me.

But the other day I read an article in a local newspaper about the do's and don'ts during this festival, I found it very interesting and I wanna share it here (May be some of you had read about it too). It doesn't matter if you are not a superstitious person, no harm reading them to enhance knowledge, right? ;)

- Do pray the Tu Di Gong (土地公) first at the cemetery.
- Avoid stepping on other 'homes' (But sometimes it's unavoidable right? Especially when that area is crowded)
- Do not walk bare footed because it'd bring unwanted spirit home.
- If you hear chinese scripture (经文), try to leave the cemetery asap because some scripture are not meant for us.
- Eat a red egg on the spot to represent new life (新生).

- Tap away the sands underneath your shoes before leaving.
- All praying must be done before 3pm.

Thank you for reading and have a nice day ahead!!


  1. Thx for the share! It's interesting and I will take note when I go for qing ming on Wed. =)
    And I hope could meet you on this round back. ^^

  2. oh, thanks for sharing the info, but we didn't follow all maybe just a few, and a few we are not aware of.. but i think different group of people also practice different things right?? :)

  3. I am going qing ming tomorrow (sunday). By the way, I have a blog giveaway (contest) at my blog, do visit my blog if you are interested, cheers!

  4. i went to chig ming this morning @ semenyih....
    but it was full of ppl n the traffic was so bad..
    n we are intend to go there around 3pm.. oopssss...

  5. not done chengbeng for many years...i think since my school days as my mum prefers me to stay home. but good tips nevertheless.

  6. Since have kids around, I never go already. But a year before I did went to Qing Ming.

  7. Evelyn, ok!

    SK, yes yes, different people different practice..

  8. 今年我也是没有去清明,老公也是在家陪我,没有去 =p

  9. Oh yeah.. visited granddad's tomb once after marriage. Not very convenient to bring kids for praying there. Just ask hubby to go by himself with the in-laws.

  10. oh my, i think i never followed any of those things listed. when i was a kid, we used to walk around to the 'neighbour's' tombs and played. *yikes*

  11. Interesting. I never know this until I read this today. This year, I didn't go also. PIL and Hubby went on my working day.

  12. Barb, yes we did too, so just pray to the 'neighbours' using our hands if we step on their 'homes'.

  13. oo must leave before 3pm :/ else will be bad . . .

    I seldom read newspaper haha

    and maybe this is one of the great tips and I also should write about it XD

  14. Kian Fai, well now you know....

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