Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Qing Ming Day in Brunei....

chinese temple in brunei
Information About  Chinese in Brunei, Qing Ming is the day that the Chinese people remembers their ancestors hence they would go to the grave usually a week before or after the "real date" which falls on the 5th April 2007 this year.

Ethnic Chinese who live overseas would go back home (i.e. Malaysia, Singapore, or in Brunei, go to the Kuala Belait, Tutong, Berakas, Tesek, Muara, Pulau Baru-Baru, Pulau Berangan? or family own private land) just for the event and usually members of extended family would come and offer prayers as well and "money" for the departed family members.
                                       The Chinese Cemetary in Berakas Brunei
chinese cemetery in brunei                                         The view of the Chinese Graveyard
The view of the Chinese Graveyard in brunei                                           Some items which were offered...
chinese cemetery in brunei
After completing the cleaning of the grave, family members would put coloured papers on the top of the grave....
Qing Ming is a serious event... so much so that the Malaysian newspaper, the Star reported that people who went early to the graveyard should use less jewellery, for fear of being robbed. Below is the story, from the Star newspaper today...

The view of the Chinese Graveyard in brunei
Personal items such as shoes, shirts, dress, passport, money, houses or even paper cars were burnt during such event... STuffing the whole item bought by several members of the family took a while to burn...
The view of the Chinese Graveyard in bruneiThe view of the Chinese Graveyard in brunei
This is much easier to burn...
The view of the Chinese Graveyard in brunei
Offer to the deity who protects the tomb as well as the afterlife...

The Star newspaper news:
DO not wear expensive jewellery when you go to the cemetery for Qing Ming – this is the advice from Federal CID director Comm Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee. He said this was to prevent any untoward incident from happening.

China Press reported that many people had voiced concerns as they would be going to cemeteries before dawn to avoid traffic jams and the heat. Comm Wan said policemen would be assigned to patrol cemeteries if graveyard managements make such requests.


“The cemetery management will arrange security or for Rela members to be present to ensure the safety of the people there,” he added. Qing Ming falls on April 5 but most people will be visiting the tombs of their loved ones this weekend.

source :
http://phoenix4bn.blogspot.com/2007/03/qing-ming-in-brunei-ii.html

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