It is full house at the Onn Kee Bean Sprout Chicken Restaurant at Jalan Yau Tet Shin.
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.
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.
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.