Many people of Chinese descent and their family from Semarang and the surrounding areas slowly arrived at Mount Carmel, a hill in Ungaran, Semarang regency, Central Java on Sunday.
They were visiting the burial ground there, cleaning it and held sembahyang (prayer) or pai as part of the Ceng Beng or Qing Ming ritual, a 20-day tradition of respecting the ancestors.
The peak of Ceng Beng fell on April 5. But the pilgrimage to the ancestors' tombs can be conducted ten days prior or after the day. "We came here with the whole family. This is the resting place of my mother in law, Ibu Paulina Sri Samiati or Lo Sam Nio," said 68-year-old Liem Kian Hwie or Widiyanto. "We always come during Ceng Beng, since 2014. We gather and pray together in front of my mother's grave," said The Bie Nio or Mientariningsih, the oldest daughter of Lo Sam Nio.
Read the full story: Ceng Beng: Time for contemplation for people of Chinese descent in Semarang, text and photo by Suherdjoko
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