This year, Qingming Festival falls on the 5th of April (or is it the same every year?). Anyway, we could start celebrating as early as yesterday (Mar 26th). MIL wanted to go as early as possible to avoid the crowd (which was yesterday), but everyone could only make it today.
Initially, we did not plan for them to go this year, as it clashed with their music classes. Furthermore, SJ is still considered 'small', where Chinese has a pantang that small kids and pregnant ladies should not attend such event. So, it's been nearly 5-6 years that I had been excused from this, because I had to stay at home to take care of the kids while the others went to do their duties. This year, however, SY insisted that she wanted to pay respect to Ah Kong. After giving it a thought, we decided to depart earlier so that we could still make it for their lessons later. Too bad we didn't make it, due to the heavy traffic. Everyone thought of avoiding the crowd by celebrating much earlier, but too bad 'everyone' has the same thought so we ended up on the queue for longer hours instead. Furthermore, we went on a Sunday where most people were off, so the crowd was not really unexpected.
I got permission from hubby to take some photos.
FIL was there...
Presents for FIL... and the other ancestors
The kids have a teary-eye adventure, poor girls.
SJ couldn't even open her eyes properly
Yeah, it's better to keep them close :)
SY with 3rd Chik Chik & Jie Jie
Ice-cream treat to cool-off the smoke
Both girls enjoying their cool treat - can't be bothered to pose anymore
MIL said Ah Cho was really happy that day because their grand-grandchildren came to visit them for the 1st time....