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Published: Tuesday April 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday April 1, 2014 MYT 8:52:14 AM

Folk return from outstation to pay their respects to ancestors for Qing Ming

EATERIES and souvenir shops in Ipoh are packed to the brim as many residents now living outstation are back to perform their Qing Ming obligations.

Popular eateries, including several chicken and bean sprout restaurants were crowded with customers while others flocked to biscuit shops to get kaya puffs, Tambun heong peah and pomeloes.

Major roads in the city also experienced traffic snarls as people came home from all over the country, including Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

The traffic conditions were also compounded further by local market goers buying flowers, prayer items and vegetarian food at the Ipoh central market for the Qing Ming prayers.

Workers of Funny Mountain Soya Bean serving the crowd on Jalan Theatre, Ipoh, on March 29.
Staff at Funny Mountain Soya Bean on Jalan Theatre, Ipoh, serving the crowd.

Qing Ming Festival, Chinese Ancestors Day or Tomb Sweeping Day usually falls on April 5 every year.

While many would observe the calendar, there have been many coming back earlier to pay their respects to their dearly departed or ancestors, in their attempt to beat the crowd at temples and graveyards.

A sales agent, who only wanted to be known as Ma, said he would return here every year from Kuala Lumpur to pay respect to his ancestors.

“I will usually come back with my family members.

“I also see it as a time to take a break from my job while fulfilling my responsibility to my ancestors annually,” he told The Star.

People queing up to buy the rice dumplings on Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh, on March 29.
People queing up to buy the rice dumplings on Jalan Yau Tet Shin.

On whether the crowd and traffic condition during this time of the year in Ipoh bothered him, he said he was not too worried about the situation.

“Compared to Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh is not that crowded, even during holiday seasons.

“When you have experienced the traffic jams in Kuala Lumpur, it does not seem that bad over here,” he said.

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