PETALING JAYA: Relatives who are caught in a dilemma over the movement control order (MCO) coinciding with the annual Qing Ming festival can now pay respects to their ancestors without going out of their homes.
This is because there are local companies offering customers to worship their ancestors at a price.
Local funeral parlours are now offering several packages with different price range and services through their social media posts.
A local funeral parlour is offering three different packages - bronze, silver and gold.
The bronze package includes pictures at the beginning and end of a prayer to customers.
However, no appointments are allowed to be made.
The silver package includes pictures and videos of the prayer session. No appointments are allowed to be made as well.
The gold package on the other hand, has pictures and videos of the worship session, and a video call during the prayer ceremony.
Customers are allowed to choose their preferred time slots, unlike the silver and bronze packages.
A sales representative from another local funeral parlour, however, said that the practice of remotely worshipping ancestors isn’t a new thing, as several companies had offered such packages in the past.
“It’s usually for those who are overseas and aren’t able to come home in time for the funeral, ” said the representative.
Qing Ming is also known as Chinese All Souls Day or Tomb Sweeping Day.
The festival, part of a tradition that has been observed for more than 2,500 years, involves family members gathering to pay respect and homage to their departed loved ones.
It usually falls between April 4 and 6 each year and is usually observed 10 days before and until 10 days after the actual day.
The MCO, which was enforced since March 18 to curb the spread of Covid-19, is expected to end on April 14.
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