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September 26th, 2012
The main purpose of this trip at this time of year is actually to pay respect to our ancestor. We’re a bit late but it doesn’t matter as great uncle kindly organise a small one for us. This was my first time so I didn’t know what to expect except pray and burn paper..
Grandma bought a lot of preparations from Hong Kong for this event. Poor Eric and mum had to drag her baggage all over China! So you can say I’m glad we’re getting rid of some weight!
I thought we would be going up a mountain and dreaded it as it was a hot day! But I was wrong.. we just went next door to my grandmother’s ancestral temple site. In China, they would have villages of people with the same last name. This place is where all the Siew’s are.
My first thought of this place was, “Wow heritage!!” haha. I don’t know why but it’s nice to see old buildings sometimes. They all have this distinct design and I really like the oriental look. The tiled roof and open courtyard in the middle. Love it. Ok, back to the event! When you enter, straight ahead is where will be paying respect. This means there would be food offerings, incense and lots of spirit money!
Here is a couple of photos of when my great grandma was still alive a couple of decades ago! I still remember her very well. Although, I could not communicate with her as I don’t speak Hakka I remember my sister and I gave her a hard time when we slept over her place once! We would always kick the blanket down, and she would mumble and pick up the blanket and place it on us again and we’ll do it again because it was funny! Naughty!
After all that, I asked Auntie if I could look around the rooms. She agreed and showed us where my great grandma used to live before she passed away. I was excited but was also half scared of creepy crawlies. But it wasn’t so bad because we were too occupied looking at old photos she kept in her drawers!
I then wanted to see all of the rooms but I wasn’t allowed as it belongs to other people. So Auntie tried to show me as much as she could.
Although, we didn’t do much today. I think seeing my great grandma’s room and finding all the old photos was the highlight of my day! Tomorrow we’re going to visit my grandpa’s side!! oh boy!
To be continued.. here in Hakka Roots part 4..