清明 Ching Ming

清明时节雨纷纷 路上行人欲断魂
The rain is drizzling on Ching Ming Festival, The people on the streets are very emotional,
借问酒家何处有 牧童遥指杏花村
Trying to ask where to find a restaurant, The cowherd points towards the Apricot village far ahead.

If you are Chinese educated, you most likely will have seen this poem before, one of the 唐诗三百首 Three Hundred (Famous) Tang Dynasty Poems.

Yeah, I know we are late by a week or so, but today my family finally went to perform our Ching Ming duties to my grandmother. If you are not familiar with the term Ching Ming, it is a day where we visit the graves of our deceased ancestors for cleaning up and prayers and burning of paper offerings. This is why the process is also called 扫墓 tomb sweeping.

There are places and festivals where you can (and are encouraged) to take photos. Ching Ming is NOT one such festival. Which is why you will not see me share any of my own photos of this festival here.

But I do have a photo to show. Apparently someone took this photo, shared it on Facebook and it went slightly viral within the Malaysian community. I don’t know the original source, so I cannot link back, this was shared to me by my brother.

maybank

Gone were the days where we burn money and cars and houses and Gucci bags. Why not just burn a bank to your ancestor? Then they can get unlimited cash to spend!

When we were on our way to the cemetery, we had a great idea for next year. Since so many people are burning cars for their deceased over these years, next year maybe we could burn a petrol station to our grandmother. Since there are so many cars already in that world with no petrol, grandma could sell fuel at whatever price she want!

Genius, isn’t it?

 

18 Comments

    • Now that we’ve seen Maybank, I think next year we will see many creative buildings being burned. It will be interesting!

  1. Burning bank for ancestors…how times have changed. Burn a few restaurants, unlimited food 24/7 for your ancestors. Or maybe burn a globe next time. World domination.

    At the end of the day, I suppose it’s the thought that counts.

    • With banks, it is probably not the thoughts but the ego of the still living, wanting to show the others how “filial” they are. But it does make a nice spectacle LOL! 😀

    • Why you want?? You still alive wei!! By the time our turns, maybe those banks replaced by other banks already! 😐

  2. This is so interesting to me because I do not know of these traditions. People seriously burn cars and Gucci purses?? Like, nice cars and real Gucci? I’m honestly asking because I do not know.

    • LOL! I don’t know about the really really rich ones, but for us, of course not real Gucci. We burn cars and Gucci made of paper. And they don’t come cheap nowadays. Take Gucci for example, you can be a Scrooge and pay peanuts to get a bag shaped thing with the words Gucci, or you can pay a bit more to get a paper made bag that has a somewhat Gucci design with Gucci logo, or you can pay a lot more and get a paper bag that really does look like a real Gucci except for texture.

        • If you were to swap the months to stay between Singapore and Boracay, you probably would have encountered these paper “goodies”. Singaporean Chinese practices similar burning of offerings like us. These things happen typically on the month of March/April.

          When it comes to (trying to) figuring how to appease our ancestors in the heavens to bless us with more fortune, we tend to get very creative! 😀

  3. Wah, you are so filial, came back all the way to perform ching ming and you can even lafaz Tang Dynasty Poems. In olden days, I am sure you will score high marks as a government scholar (chuang yuan).

    You sure in that world, they need to use petrol to move cars? I think they can fly lah.

    • If we assume they can fly, then they don’t even need cars! We assume based on the idea that they do need cars hence cars need petrol! 😀

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