6 thoughts on “Chinese Christians, do you go to ur ancestor’s grave during Ching Ming?

  1. Well, depends on what sort of Chinese Christians you are speaking to. If they worship their ancestors while going to church, then it is sinful.

  2. well i dont. the only “ancestors” i have buried in malaysia (perak to be exact) are my late maternal grandparents (grandma just passed away last christmas) and my late grandfather (who passed away before my parents got married). none in kk.
    whenever we go home (perak) for holiday… dad never took us to my grandfather’s place. he always just had his excuse. he goes there every now and then though.

    i have ever only visited my maternal grandfather’s place ONCE. and that’s all.

    im not sure if this is religion. but i would say being a christian, i dont see how visiting is conflicting with christianity. but then again im not a “practising” christian… depends how you wanna look at it.

    oh and eh… i dont mind my non-christian relatives “giving” foods and “worship” and all that ritual thingy, but i erm just dont eat the food afterwards. strangely, i have no problem with going to temple and have their lovely vegetarian food.

  3. it is a cultural thing.
    i still visit my ancestors graves as a respect for the deads. there has never been any religious connotation to the day.

  4. Christians, particularly Catholics have their own All Saint’s Day/All Soul’s Day where they also visit the graveyards of their dead. So I would assume that Chinese Catholic Christians would’nt observe Ching Ming Festival. For Christians, a visit to an ancestor’s grave has religious connotations because in their minds, their dead relatives are there in heaven w/ the Lord or in hell, if that is the case. Visiting the graveyards and praying there reinforces their beliefs that their loved ones are in that other realm and possibly also visiting them on those particular days.

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