CEMETERY VISITS

QING MING (TOMB SWEEPING) FESTIVAL & AUTUMN FESTIVAL

The Qing Ming Festival is an opportunity for people to remember and honour their ancestors at grave sites. Young and old pray before their ancestors, sweep and tidy their tombs, offer food, tea, wine, burn candles, joss-sticks, joss paper accessories, etc. The rites have a long tradition in Asia.

For the oversea Chinese community, the Qing Ming festival is very much a family celebration and, at the same time, a family obligation. They see this festival as a time of reflection and to honour and give thanks to their forefathers. Overseas Chinese normally visit the graves of their recently deceased relatives on the nearest weekend to the actual date.

Autumn Festival was traditionally a thanksgiving festival for the Autumn harvest in November. Today we use the day to thank and pray our ancestors at their graves, sweep and tidy their tombs, offer food, tea, wine, burn candles, joss-sticks, joss paper accessories, etc. In fact, we treat it similarly as Qing Ming Festival.

In Liverpool, there are two cemeteries which accommodate Chinese graves; Anfield and Everton Cemeteries. Many of our members' ancestors are buried in these two locations. Our association visit these two cemeteries regularly in Spring and Autumn to pay our respect to our ancestors, and all other Chinese compatriots who are buried there.




EVERTON & ANFIELD CEMETERIES VISIT AUTUMN 2017











 











EVERTON & ANFIELD CEMETERIES VISIT SPRING 2017

We had the pleasure of meeting Councillor Adele Dowling and two Trustees of ‘Friends of Anfield Cemetery’, Mr Ray Beeton, and Mr Brian Dowling, who joined us at Anfield Cemetery today to commemorate our past compatriots and friends at the ‘Spring Cleaning Festival’ and Commemoration ceremony.

Our tradition and custom of paying respect to our ancestors was explained to our guests by Wing Wong, Betty Tam and Jimmy Woo during their visit. Respect is one of the cornerstones of Chinese culture, and we value it with all our hearts. Our guests were very impressed by our continuous practice of this biannual traditional custom. They have expressed their wish to join us in future cemetery visits.

Councillor Adele Dowling and Brian Dowling were not able to join us at our buffet due to their prior arrangement. Ray Beeton came to our association premises after the cemetery visit. Ray was delighted with the food at our buffet and praised the unity of the large number of our members working together to make the day a success.


© Ray Beeton



© Ray Beeton















© Ray Beeton

 















© Ray Beeton







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