Carved stone animal guardians
Carved stone animal guardians about 100 years old

Cheng Beng is the Chinese equivalent of All souls day. It falls on 5th of April, but if you follow the Chinese lunar calender it could be 2 weeks around that time. Cheng Beng is a day for the Chinese people to pay respect to their ancestors, clear the graves and bring offerings of food in an act to honour their memory.

My Great Great Grandfather passed away almost 100 years ago. He was the first in the family to leave China in search of greener pastures. He eventually made his way to the island of Penang 🙂

The photos are the graves of my Great Grand Parents and my Great Great Grandparents. You can see carvings of Sikh guards and animal guardians around the tomb because the Chinese believe that when they cross over to the after life, they will continue to need these earthly luxuries.

The food offering we present, is that of a feast, to honour and to show our appreciation.

5 generations later, the tradition of Cheng Beng is still respected and followed. I took photos of this day as a documentation for my family to remember. It is now up to my generation to continue this tradition dating back thousands of years.

 

Carved stone Sikh Guards
Carved stone Sikh Guards
Antique tiles 1915
Antique tiles 1915
Offerings of food
Offerings of food