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!!


20 comments:

  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. ^^

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  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?? :)

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  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...

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  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.

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

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  7. Evelyn, ok!

    SK, yes yes, different people different practice..

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  8. 今年我也是没有去清明,老公也是在家陪我,没有去 =p

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  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.

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  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*

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  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.

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

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  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

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

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