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Early Christmas Cheer for Residents

Members of the Chinese Association of Fiji recently celebrated Chung Yeung Festival with the residents of the Father Law Home in Lami. This is an important event in the Chinese
08 Nov 2014 16:05
Early Christmas Cheer for Residents

Members of the Chinese Association of Fiji recently celebrated Chung Yeung Festival with the residents of the Father Law Home in Lami.
This is an important event in the Chinese calendar where families, relatives and friends remember their loved ones.

Members of the association shared goodies in the festival with the residents and brought an early Christmas cheer to them.
During the occasion, families, relatives and friends visited their departed ones in their resting place. Usually this is done early in the morning.

This festival is one of the two events in the Chinese calendar when formal visits are made to pay respect to loved ones who have died. The festival earlier in the year is called Ching Ming.

Jenny Seeto, the president of the Chinese Association of Fiji, said that there was a good turnout by the members of the community, both young and old, to pay respects to their ancestors. It was also an occasion for members of the community to socialise.

“This is a tradition that is passed on from generation to generation,” she said.

“While observing this traditional event, the community also remember our less fortunate and we share some of the offerings consisting of chicken, pork, fruits and bottled water with them. Such events are funded by contributions from the community and the cemetery visits include the Chinese cemeteries by the Tamavua River bridge, Reservoir Road and at Nasinu.

“Recently with the assistance of the Commissioner and Corrections Department additional space has been allocated for a new Chinese cemetery at Nasinu. The Chinese Community expresses its gratitude to the Government and the Corrections Department for providing this additional facility which is gratefully acknowledged.

“This also leaves the community comfortable that their loved ones will have a decent resting place as the other Chinese cemeteries are full.”

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