On Sunday 4 April, SMCT was proud to host celebrations as part of this year’s Ching Ming Festival, also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day. The Festival is an ancient Chinese holiday about celebrating life and honouring ancestors, and involves offering food and cleaning the resting place of loved ones to pay respects. It is also traditionally associated with spring, and so it is also a time to take part in family outings to promote happiness and good fortune.
As part of the festival, we were fortunate to host a Transfer of Merits to Ancestors ceremony at the Di Zhang Wang Temple at Springvale Botanical Cemetery. The ceremony was performed by The Bright Moon Buddhist Society, a group of devout Buddhists in Springvale and one of our local community partners.