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Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 Qingming Festival (Ancestors Day)

Dear Matt and March,

Wow… has it been a year already, the last time we were here March was still in her pram!

ChngMng 2013 Page

This year the heat was terrible, swimming in one’s sweat for an hour or so was just a tiny bit uncomfortable :)

We almost cancelled everything on that day, as your grandmother woke up feeling a bit under the weather. But after everything had finished, everyone was glad that we could have gone on with it, because next week will be super busy at the cemetery (final weekend of the festival).

During the past few years, to either side of your great grandmother’s tomb, someone else's ancestors had moved out and we were left with some unsightly broken tomb full of overgrown weed. So your grandfather decided to clean up the place just a little.

As for the rest of your great grand parents, they were all cremated, which is uncommon for a typical Chinese Family, it all started from your great grandfather (my mother side), at the age of 90 plus he told the family that he wanted to be cremated rather than buried as he doesn’t want to be a burden to the next generation. So that was followed by your great grandfather (my father side). Initially your grandfather took some flack from the other elders, but it was their wishes, end of conversation :)

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