7 x 7. 49th day of my grandmother's passing. Remembering a dream.
I returned to Tokyo last night, on the eve of Malaysia's Independence Day. 55 years ago, my nation's fathers fought for liberation and attained it, through unity and faith. 31st of August, 1957. I love my country. But I think, judging from the current political climate, there isn't much for me to celebrate. Aside from being Malaysia's 55th Independence Day, 31st of August, 2012 is also the 49th day of my grandmother's passing, or the 7 x 7. For Buddhist customs, 1x7 (the first week), 3x7 (the third week), 5x7 and finally, 7x7, are marked by a short praying ceremony. I was around for both the first week and the fifth week. On the 5th week (5x7), a ritual was held to put her plaque on the walls of a temple.