EVERY year devotees are able to honour their ancestors through an enlightenment ceremony whereby they would perform rituals for their deceased loved ones.
This ceremony is held annually and in conjunction with the Hungry Ghost Festival month, acting as a platform for friends and family to unite in their expression of filial piety oftentimes achieving peace of mind knowing that their loved ones could go to a better place in the afterlife.
Perpetual Memorial Park chief operating officer Tommy Chieng opines that the ceremony is an extension of the rich Chinese history and preserves the tradition and custom that has been practised for some 5,000 years.
“It corresponds with the Chinese seventh lunar month when the Chinese believe that during the entire month, spirits are being released to roam the world.
“At the same time, these roaming spirits will seek to gain merits to move from one dimension to another,” he said.
He added that it is important to perform these rituals as the living will be able to guide their departed loved ones to a better dimension and finally on the path of enlightenment.
Of duty and culture
Perpetual Memorial Park hosts the enlightenment ceremony annually and this year it will be welcoming renowned masters and monks to participate.
“(We) will invite renowned local Taoist masters and Buddhist monks to perform the rituals and ceremonies.
“The know-how of these masters and monks to connect with the spiritual dimension could provide the merits and pathway to lead the deceased to a better dimension,” he said.
Perpetual will be holding its Yulan Festival 2022 in three of its parks – in Kulai, Johor (Aug 6-7), Ipoh (Aug 13-14) and Ulu Choh, Johor (Aug 21).
The Kulai memorial park is said to be the first cemetery park of its kind in southern Malaysia that spans across a scenic 40.46ha freehold land that has been carefully planned with beautiful landscaping and impeccable service to offer eternal bliss for the departed.
“While the intentions and rituals of the ceremony are the same in all three parks, in Kulai however, both Taoist and Buddhist ceremonies will be held as a 28-year-long standing tradition of serving local residents.
“The new sites such as Ipoh and Ulu Choh which are only seven years old will conduct the Buddhist ritual only,” he said.
Giving back ceremoniously
Chieng also said that Taoist and Buddhist ceremonies are to prepare the pathway for the deceased to a better afterlife.
“Taoism is more about following custom and tradition passed down from ancestors while Buddhism is more about the knowledge and state of mind for both the living and deceased,” he said.
At Perpetual Kulai, the ceremonies will be divided into two days – one day for Taoists and another for the Buddhist sect.
“There will be three sessions of prayer and chanting for each sect each day. The ceremonies for both days will start at 9am and end at 3pm,” he said.
Make a reservation for the 2022 Yulan Festival Enlightenment Ceremony from now till July 20. For more information, please visit the Perpetual Memorial Park website at www.perpetual.com.my or call 1300-88-8889.