In many Chinese households, April marks four weeks of Ching Ming festivities. Families buy all kinds of paper offerings, food and other goodies to take on their visit to ancestral graves. There, they burn incense and pray for the souls of the deceased.
I recently visited a family grave at Bukit Brown Cemetery, one of Singapore's largest sites of Chinese graves. My great-great grandfather from southern China and migrated to Singapore with two sons in his early days. He was born in 1855 and died in 1934. His two sons, Lim Nee Yam and Lim Nee Chip, were buried at the same cemetery until our family had to exhume them due to nearby road construction. We placed their ashes with other family members at the Bright Hill temple in Sin Ming near Bishan.
My cousin, who is the son of my fifth great uncle, has taken over the role of caring for our ancestors despite his busy schedule. I'm truly grateful for his devotion and dedication, and his respectful acts are a reminder not to forget those who came before us.