Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Cheng Beng

Cheng Beng is over for almost 2 weeks. I should have posted this on that time. But, due to my laziness and I have other post to publish, I pushed this one until now.

Since my dad passed away, I am the one will go to Cheng Beng with my mum. All my sisters and brothers are out of Malaysia. They are not coming back for CNY so no need to mention about Cheng Beng anymore, they are no coming back as usual.

My mum will be the one who did most of the stuff. I was just helping to buy the kuih and fetch her to the Cheng Beng places. We have 3 places to go!!!

This year, we went to the Rifle Range early in the morning. It's actually not that early anymore. It was almost 9am. We went there, thought that we can finish it fast and go to another place. Who knows, the surrounding of my grandmother graveyard was on fire. We stand there and not dare to go nearer. I decided to go to another place first and came back later. Mum agreed.

We asked someone to help us to clean the graveyard.

Some using the flag to stick the paper to the soil.

Some using stone instead.

We headed to Paya Terubong instead. The weather was so so hot! I drove up the hill and there is a man standing there asked for the parking fee, 3 dollars. No choice, have to give him. After done, it's around 10.30am.

The fire starts.

The fire become stronger.

Another part also get burned.

We went back to Rifle range. There was no more fire. We started the preparation for the praying. You can see a lot of people going there for Cheng Beng as well. When we are almost done, the fire started again near our place. The people burn the paper and spread to the grass nearby. The grass started to burn, the fire become stronger. Luckily, it stopped after 5-10 minutes.

Finished 2 places, we went to the final one in Batu Gantong. This one is simple and easier since it's the place to keep the ashes. We just display the food on the table and pray. Around noon, we keep our stuff and heading back home. It was a tiring day especially to my mum.

P/S Some said it's not good to take photos in the cemetery, afraid the photo came out with "other" stuff. I asked my mum and my mum said go ahead and take. Sometimes, I do hope I can take the photo with "others" inside. Haha.

13 comments:

Piggy said...

Cheng Beng. An act of filial piety and to uphold one of the Chinese tradition of remembering our dearly departed. We didn't go this year. Guess u know why.......

Dragon said...

piggy, ya i knew.

迷迭香 said...

even cheng beng also got diff style of praying, different dialect gua...

Dragon said...

迷迭香, ya, i think like what u said.

Joze Foo said...

my cheng bheng oso very simple lo...cos not in the graveyard...i didnt take picture cos scared ma...u know la...what happen that night!

Kikey said...

cheng beng.. i used to go with my dad, and only 1 place. next time when i go back will be 1 place too, but 2 ppl there..

**this post make me think abt my grandma...

Dragon said...

joze, ya lo, u not suppose to delete the photo mar.... i want to see.

kikey, same place will be easier. sorry for letting u think of your grandma.

Akira 思胜 said...

May the souls rest in peace....

I dint manage to go this year, busy with my stuffs, have to say sorry to my ancestors...

Dragon said...

akira, say sorry to them next year lo..... they will forgive u one...

Kacang Puteh said...

Wah!Long time already didn`t see the Cheng Beng!Thanks for sharing the pics leng!!!

a sPacEs oF miNe said...

er...actually i duno the purpose of chengbeng oh...it's good that you still practise it~~
my mum does not like me to go to join this kind of things. so, i never been to chengbeng in my life~~~one day u explained to me yea what is all cheng beng meant for~~~i will sit down guai guai listen~~

yam9972 said...

can take photo de, but with respect ! your pix i feel the hot sun ! so hot my god !

Dragon said...

kacang, next time cheng beng time come back la, then for sure u can see lo.

a sPacEs oF miNe, try to go then u will know.

wantan, it's really very very hot! i keep on complaining!

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