Thursday, 1 April 2010

Long weekend for HK People

In Christianity, Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many countries, including HK, get a long weekend starting from Good Friday till Easter Monday.

Chinese people celebrate Ching Ming Festival on Monday the 5th of April. "Ching Ming" denotes a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime and tend to the graves of departed ones. Most chinese families show their respect by going to the cemeteries of their loved ones and sweep away the dusts and debris on their graves, make offerings of wine and fruit and also burn joss sticks/paper offerings. Firemen and police are on high-alert for any fire/disruption on this particular day.

Soon after my birth, I have been blessed both by a Buddhist monk and a Hindu priest so I'm guessing that I'll have no pressure on choosing a religion as I grow up. Mum says that religion can't simply be forced upon! Parents' families celebrate every auspicious festivals - Dasherra, Diwali, English New Year, Buddha's Birthday, Christmas, etc. Grandpa says that it is just an excuse to get together, eat, drink and be merry. As long as my heart is pure, I shall be OK but I am still in doubt - will I be better off being a person with a laid-back attitude on religion or a die-hard follower of Christ/Buddha/Sai/Shiva/Ganesh/etc.?


Buckeroomama said...

Your grandpa is very wise. As to your question --aim for a good balance between the two. :)

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rebelONrise said...

hey...i like the idea of no pressure of religion over a new born kid...I think with your positive influence, he is gonna grow up to be a man who doesn't get tangled up into the politics of religion.... :)

Ash said...

he'll grow up to be just like me - religionwise.

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