Qingming Festival is when Chinese people visit the graves of their ancestors. The Qingming Festival is an opportunity for celebrants to remember and honour their ancestors at grave sites where young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, joss paper accessories to the ancestors. While not a holiday in Brunei, this festival is known worldwide by a few names: All Souls Day (not the same as the Roman Catholic holiday or All Souls Day of the same ), Clear Bright Festival, Ancestors Day, Grave Sweeping Day, Tomb Sweeping Day and quite possible others too. Today, being Sunday, is probably the only weekend before Qingming Festival the Chinese community are free to visit the cemetery
I do this year after year and it’s something I enjoy doing with my mom — getting up at 5.30am, make a beeline to Tungulian, get all the work done before a cool morning turns warm — followed by breakfast at the same coffee shop in Sungai Liang that has become our favourite haunt after our (occasional) weekend trek.