April 4 Lu Family Qing Ming in Fengyuan, Taiwan

This will be my 100th blog post! And interestingly, I will be talking about Qing Ming (grave sweeping) in Fengyuan again. I do not want to repeat anything that I previously wrote about before, so this blog entry will be shorter than the one that I wrote last year.

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Harmony and Jeff are standing in front of the Lu Family grandfather’s grave, holding a broom for sweeping it clean

I have two observations to make from having gone to several Lu family Qing Ming gatherings. First, it is never exactly the same, as different relatives show up every year. Not everyone comes every year. Papa and Mama were with us this year.

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Mama, Papa, Jeff, Ann, and Harmony are standing in front of the Lu family grandfather’s grave

And I always get to meet people from Jeff’s extended family that I have not met before.

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Lu Family relatives at the Qing Ming this year in Fengyuan

There was lots of delicious food offered to the ancestors and enjoyed by everyone present afterwards.

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Some of the food being offered during the Lu family Qing Ming

There was lots of socializing among family members. Most of the discussions were in Chinese or Taiwanese, so I did not understand what they were talking about.

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Papa and Jeff talk with relatives at the Lu family Qing Ming

And paper money was burned. This year, the fire stayed under control!

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Paper money being gathered during the Lu family Qing Ming

The burning of the paper money is something that the younger family members always seem to enjoy!

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Paper money being burned during the Lu family Qing Ming

My second observation is that the Lu house looks better every year than it did the year before. The repairs that the government is doing at the house are making a big difference! The front entrance gate has been repaired.

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Ann and Harmony are standing in front of the entrance gate to the Lu Family House

Another wing of the house has been repaired.

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A newly repaired section of the Lu Family House

The library section has been repaired.

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The repaired library at the Lu Family House

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Jeff, Mama, and Papa are standing in front of a repaired section of the Lu Family House

While we were at the Lu Family House, another group of Lu family relatives showed up. I met this group of relatives for the first time this year.

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Many members of the Lu family in the courtyard in front of the entrance gate to the Lu Family House

I had never seen this photograph before. It had been taken off the wall in a section of the house that is going to be repaired this year. I think that this woman is Jeff’s great-grandmother?

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Photo of a woman taken from the wall at the Lu Family House

It was wonderful getting to meet so many new people from Jeff’s extended family!

 

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One thought on “April 4 Lu Family Qing Ming in Fengyuan, Taiwan

  1. Ann please explain to me what the term Lu family house really means? Do all the relatives live together in this beautiful home? What part does the government play in the repairs? What a beautiful way to preserve family tradition. thank you for sharing…Think of you often.

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