Sunday, April 5, 2009
Went for Cheng Beng at Bercham Crematorium today
After a very light breakfast, we went to Kpg Simee market to get some vegetarian food , kueh , fruits & flowers to offer Di Ah Kong (daddy's father)at the Bercham crematorium. He passed away on 22 February 2005 before Jasmine was born. Mommy also bought a box of complete packaging of paper clothings, and personal accesories like spectacles, watch, shoes, cloth, walking stick, cash & some gold and "wong sang chin" (to reduce the sufferings of the deceased). She even contemplated to get Ah Kong a Paper Maid. It cost about RM40 each and the height is about 100cm tall. Wah no joke man!..same price as booking a real maid to do a 2hour domestic job. Luckily there was no stock and one has to pre-order. So mommy dropped that idea.
This time around we were not allowed to give any offerings or perform Cheng Beng to Mi Ah Kong(mommy's dad)who just passed away on 27 February 2009.
When we arrived at the crematorium, the crowd was madness..the atmosphere was smokey..but yet orderly compared to going to the graveyard. Everything is so convenient , clean & simpler to deal with. They even provide proper long tables for offerings, tonnes of vases for flowers and allocated proper containers/ partitions to burn the paper assets & necessities for the deceased. Gosh times have really changed & Cheng Beng is really made easy when one is cremated at such a place.
After placing the offerings for some time, daddy threw the coins to see the indication whether Ah Kong has finished his food that we offered.Once the answer is yes (one head & one tail frm the coins), we proceed on with burning of the box filled with his necessities & accesories.
Once finished, we went upstairs by lift to 3rd floor to pay respect to Di Ah Kong but didnt offer anything. Just pray & bow. His photo & the marble plug were not up yet since his cremation in February.
Once everything was over, we went to Mc D for lunch.
Then went home to rest before mom cook us simple dinner tonight.