Tomb-sweeping an act of love

Ancestor worship during Qing Ming Festival is more than honouring the dead - it symbolises the great love between generations across time

When I was a young boy during the 1970s, as the only grandson in my immediate family, it was my duty to accompany my grandparents and mother to the rituals of ancestor worship during the Qing Ming or Tomb Sweeping festival, which usually falls in the month of April.

I used to enjoy this as it represented an outing for me where I was relieved of all schoolwork and home chores.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2020, with the headline 'Tomb-sweeping an act of love'. Print Edition | Subscribe