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Old Apr 8th 2016, 11:28 pm
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Default Busy on roads this weekend - tomb sweeping continues

Just to warn, especially around the cemetery areas (Mount Erskine etc), will be busy on the roads again, as it's towards the end of Qing Ming (or Cheng Ming) tomb sweeping.

Maybe a good weekend to batten down the hatches..... unless of course one is tomb sweeping.
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Explains the wailing I've been hearing these last few evenings, I thought maybe the neighbour had got his water bill
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Thus far is it today not as bad as one week ago. It is in fact pretty quiet today. It was absolute chaos last weekend at Mount Erskine.
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Yes the main road looks pretty clear right now. I'm no expert on this but I believe it is spread over 2 weeks and, obviously, the weekends are going to be the busiest.
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Erm........

What is tomb sweeping?
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What is tomb sweeping?
Yer sweep yer tombs BEVS

It's a traditional Chinese thing, respecting your ancestors, and those that have ancestors buried here in Penang, go and clean up the tombs and surroundings. Some countries even take a public holiday. Hong Kong does I think.

A tradition. Pity it falls during the hottest period of the year. Mind you, could be worse if it was chucking it down with monsoon I suppose.
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Yer sweep yer tombs BEVS

It's a traditional Chinese thing, respecting your ancestors, and those that have ancestors buried here in Penang, go and clean up the tombs and surroundings....

The Chinese fervently believe that the spirits of ancestors look after the family, and therefore go to great lengths to honour them.
There's a fascinating description of the Cheng Beng festival in Penang and all that it entails here:

Cheng Beng – the Festival of the Tombs

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What is tomb sweeping?

I don´t know where you are from, but apart from the different rite it is the same what Westerners do on November 1st (All Saints' Day).
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Originally Posted by bakedbean
I'm no expert on this but I believe it is spread over 2 weeks and, obviously, the weekends are going to be the busiest.
The Star newspaper wrote some days ago that it is spread over 20 days: it is centred around the first day of the second month on the Chinese calendar (which is April 4th in case of 2016). The graves should be visited and cleaned between ten days prior and ten days after.
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Default Re: Busy on roads this weekend - tomb sweeping continues

Erskine Road has been quiet today but I think they're all in Gurney Plaza - the only space I could find to park was on the roof!
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