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Post time 2006-4-5 11:53:39 |Display all floors
Today is a major Chinese festival--Qing Ming Jie(Tomb-Sweeping Day) .It is a time to remember the dead and the dearly departed, a period to honour and to pay respect to one's deceased ancestors and family members.


Qing Ming is popularly associated with Jie Zi Zhui, who lived in Shanxi province in 600 B.C. Legend has it that Jie saved his starving lord's life by serving a piece of his own leg. When the lord succeeded in becoming the ruler of a small principality, he invited his faithful follower to join him. However, Jie declined his invitation, preferring to lead a hermit's life with his mother in the mountains.
Believing that he could force Jie out by burning the mountain, the lord ordered his men to set the forest on fire. To his consternation, Jie chose to remain where he was and was burnt to death. To commemorate Jie, the lord ordered all fires in every home to be put out on the anniversary of Jie's death. Thus began the "cold food feast", a day when no food could be cooked since no fire could be lit.
The "cold food" festival occurs on the eve of Qing Ming and is often considered as part of the Qing Ming festival. As time passes, the Qing Ming festival replaced the "cold food" festival. Whatever practice is observed,the basic observation of Qing Ming is to remember one's elders by making a special effort to visit their graves, ashes or ancestral tablets. To make the visit even more meaningful, some time should be spent to remind the younger members of the family of the lives and contributions of their ancestors, and the story of Jie Zi Zhui who choose death over capitulation.

Would you want to say something to the dead?

My dear grandmother and grandfather, wish you happy in the heaven.

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Post time 2006-4-5 13:18:36 |Display all floors
Dad,ur life came to an end three weeks ago,which made ur family in a extrem sorrow......u leaves behind a famaly u love,and in persuit of that shining city.....u won our respect with ur greatness,won our love with goodess...u had the strength that comes with character,the grace that comes with humility....on behalf of our family,and the people who love u,i offered my prayer and my condolences.........
Wish god bless u

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Post time 2006-4-5 14:56:35 |Display all floors

Reply #1 grace_meng's post

WE started by going on LAst Saturday to our Great Gandma grave in Chinese hill(Bukit China).

We will go again this Saturday to our Grand-father,grand mother,1st uncle graves.

I chant Buddhists Sutras which i learned several years ago.
What's on your mind now........ooooooooooooooo la la....Kind Regards

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Post time 2006-4-6 06:20:56 |Display all floors
I want to say, " Papa, I miss you .... do come into my dreams more often and see you soon."


I know very little about Qing Ming Jie until after the passing of my father.  A business client of mine once told me this is a very important day for him and his only day off in a year (rare, being on 24-hour call).  On this day, he will give total devotion to praying for his ancestors.  He will not accept any phone calls or disturbance from outsiders.

I think I should do what he did - taking a day off from work on this day (Qing Ming Jie is not a public holiday here.)

We did our "sao mu" earlier.  My father was cremated (his wishes), so we did it in a Buddhist Temple.  Even on any other days, I do visit him in the temple.


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Post time 2006-4-6 11:20:54 |Display all floors
Grandpa, the only grand parents I've seen, who passed away when I was a kid.

I don't even know where his grave is...I miss him, only with the blurred childhood memory.

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