Qingming

Both my husband and I together with my boy and girl had already gone to Sam Poh Tong to offer prayers to my late Parents-in-Law last Saturday. But yesterday was the actual day for Qingming. Early in the morning, before my husband went to work, he bought stuff to be offered to my late PIL at the altar of my home.

So when I got up from bed, I quickly got ready the stuff and prayed to my late PIL.
Lit the candles and josssticks.

We usually offered the following foodstuff..
fruits and steamed cakes

paus, angku, sesame balls and dumpling

barbecued chicken

siew york and some spinach

Before I collected those stuff, I threw two coins and I got two tails. That was a 'No' when I asked if they had finished eating. A while later, I tried again and it was two heads - a 'Smile' for an answer. Again another 'Smile' Ok, so I just let them for a while. Finally, I got a head and a tail! YES! I quickly took away all those foodstuff and started cutting the chicken and siew york.

Happy Qingming!



Comments

  1. Happy Qingming to you too! Your late PIL must be very happy to get to "eat" all those yummy food.

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  2. Very interesting. I wondered how long you left the food there and when you knew to take it away!

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  3. Since all of you went to Sam Poh Tong to pray to your late PIL, I assume that your PIL reside in Sam Poh Tong's columbarium. What about other great great grand ancestors? Do you all pray to them too?

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    1. My husband has to pray to his grand parents in Taiping graveyard.

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    2. Your hubby is Taiping Lang....

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  4. Good system to know when they finish "eating" so that you can keep the food. Luckily they are not slow "eaters" or else you will have to keep throwing the coins until you get a tail and a head.

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  5. Happy Qingming mu! Nice wall template =)

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  6. This year our QingMing is done quite early.

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    1. Hubby is Cantonese people, his grandma just past away last year. So we need to do the offerings earlier than the actual day.

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    2. I brought Calvin boy go this time. Big enough to attend the praying. While my gal is still small, she's under my mum care when we went on that Sunday.

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    3. Usually Hokkien style we will pray on the exact day for those considered as "new"... Somehow our scheduled to be early as told by the "Lam Mor Lou" was good too. Why? Not crowded with people, smoke and lots of parking spaces. We even thought nobody going there so early but there were a few family go for Qing Ming too.

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  7. Back at home, we pray almost like yours... with roasted chicken and siew york... Same style too...

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  8. Talking about the coins, we usually throw once and asked "Have they come?"

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    1. Same as a head and a tail that means they are there... we wait for them for a while. Later we throw another time "asking them whether they finished eating?"...again when a head and tail means they are ok.

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    2. Yesterday dinner MIL cooked delicious food with "Phak Cham Kai", vinegar cucumber and not forgotten the siew york. Later, we wrapped the left siew york with spinach... Yum Yum.

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  9. Yupe! It is the time that we show our gratitude to our departed ones. :D

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  10. Qingming is actually a great time for family to get together again, don't you agree? :D

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    1. Actually that's the case. But for us, my family were not whole on that day..

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  11. Normally i do not know the actual day for QingMing, have to ask around for the actual QingMing day...

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  12. We had done our qingming last weekend. Many families came home from as far as Johor to pay their respect to the ancestors :)

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  13. we went to pay respect to our grandparents and then another place for my mum the last Sunday.. both places were so packed and traffic was so congested!! and weather was so hot and i got sunburnt around my neck.. @_@"

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  14. yeah, my dad did the prayers at home yesterday too.. typical to have all those offerings to the ancestors like what you had.. and those are what we had for dinner last night, hahaha~~

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  15. I learn more about QIng Ming here. :)

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  16. so much yummy food. Your Parents-in-law sure happy to get to eat

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    1. Pray early and on actual day . It's really good for your husband to do it too and the actual day . Dont think many over here will pray on actual day

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  17. It's the qingming season now! I din't join the in laws to qingming last weekend, gotto stay at home looking after Aden.

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    1. Not going to join my parents to qingming too this weekend, hmm I think my ancestors will understand la right? :p

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    2. well, our ancestors don't blame us even though we can't make it..

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  18. This month the restaurants are more free then... until the 7th month chinese calendar, right?

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    1. maybe but there are customers anyway..

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  19. Didn't have the chance to have this qingming thing for so long, kind of miss it!!!

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  20. ohh another kind of celebration huh!
    qingming huh! well what is this for?
    well whatever it is if it means eating it would be a great event haha

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    1. it's to offer prayers to our ancestors..

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  21. you had sticky rice cakes and circle fruits huh
    are those for prosperity, like those things prepared for new year

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  22. at first i thought that barbecue chicken was a duck
    but then it wasnt, haha
    well it seems pretty crispy and yummy

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  23. anyway does that sesame balls has fillings?
    i ate one type of that, a version of ir with
    beans filling and i find it better

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  24. happy qingming to you wenn
    god bless you and happy blogging

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  25. My MIL also prayed to ancestor on the altar at home yesterday, then at night, my husband also prayed at the road side.

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    1. Those pink and yellow steamed cakes look so good.

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    2. My two girls will be fighting to toss the two coins after praying. They find it fun.

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  26. My parents' side, we offered prayers earlier to beat the crowds. For my FIL, we offered prayers on the day itself.

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  27. Most of the people offered their prayers over the weekends. One of the Chinese primary school here even took the day off for the convenience of the teachers and parents on qingming.

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