A Hello to QingMing

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Long before I could recall, the day has arrived again. 

Today, I spent a trip down to Mount Vernon Sanctuary to pay respect to my ancestors on this QingMing Festival.  QingMing (also known as Tomb Sweeping Day) is a big day and a yearly day of observance to most Chinese.  It is a day to remember and pay respect to their late ancestors.  Sweeping the tomb, offering foods and joss paper accessories are common practice on QingMing.

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The sanctuary is sitting on Mount Vernon Hill.  This delighting piece of land is going to be transformed into residential developments soon.  My ancestors would have to move out from their long stay in no time.

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It’s a place I love to visit, as the lush greenery and fresh air is awesome.  The peace and calm I got from this piece of land is as good as emancipation.  The lovely surrounding for all these ancestors is going to be a past soon, though their existence will always remain in our present!

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Imagine them strolling along the road, sitting on the bench and chatting about their past.

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Enjoying the offerings from the wonderful nature.

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The tree, the fruits…

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While the rain just came on time for a happy ending…

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15 thoughts on “A Hello to QingMing

    ladysighs said:
    March 30, 2013 at 12:42 am

    May we all have happy endings. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

      We definitely will! 🙂

    Angeline M said:
    March 30, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I can’t believe they are turning this in to a residential area. Too bad. It looks beautiful.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Sad indeed! But at least we had touched this calm land before. 🙂

    jahnosecret said:
    March 30, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Beautiful expression – thank you.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

      You are most welcome, Happy Easter! 🙂

    jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com said:
    March 30, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Sentimental post ,beautiful tradition to keep the living in touch with the past..The Chines have a rich culture.Thank you for liking my poem ( Don’t Depart ) Best regards.jalal

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Thanks , Jalal! May peace in you and me! 🙂

    Melia Alexander said:
    March 30, 2013 at 9:48 am

    What a beautiful, peaceful setting!

    Gretchen Del Rio said:
    March 30, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Thank you for sharing your ancesters with us. Delightful account and I could smell the rain.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      March 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Rain is very frequent over here! How about side? 🙂

        Gretchen Del Rio said:
        March 31, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        The smell of the rain is a memory of when I lived on the east coast of the USA. Here in California where I have lived most of my life it only rains in the winter. In the Mountains here it snows in the winter. I do love the rain steamy and green in the summer. I miss that scent.

    kelihasablog said:
    April 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    What a beautiful place Sydney…. The rain made for a beautiful picture and I’m sure added to your memories through smells…

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Yes, it is! But sadly, this place is going to redevelop into residential development. Human being take over now! 😦

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