Buddhist ceremony for Qingming Festival

Tomorrow is Qingming Festival, also known as Ancestors Day or Tomb Sweeping Day. It is the day when people enjoy the beginning of spring (doesn't apply to tropical Malaysia) and tend to the graves of their departed ones.

A week-long Buddhist praying ceremony is held at the Cempaka Buddhist Lodge (I shot my new short there two weeks ago) that my mom had been attending. I've been to the place a few times in the past few years during the annual ceremony and I always liked how the praying hall is decorated.




Prayer hall decorated for the Qingming ceremony

Prayer hall decorated for the Qingming ceremony 2

Prayer hall decorated for the Qingming ceremony 3

Prayer Hall decorated for Buddhist ceremony 4


There was a table for my ancestors, grandparents, and my recently departed uncle.

Table for my ancestors and other departed ones


This year, a makeshift altar had also been added for the victims of the March 11 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami, along with a donation drive.

Altar for the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami victims

Altar for the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami victims 2

Mom lighting up an incense for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund