Photographer's Note

The Chinese New Year celebration is not only for the living family members but also the ancestors. On the eve of the Chinese New Year most Chinese pay homage to their ancestors by visiting their graves.

In Malaysia there are Chinese cemeteries, mostly on hills, and urns in Thai temples or Wat like the one in the picture in Alor Star. First the families cook at home the favorite food of the deceased and take it to the Wat, where they symbolically share a meal with them. They also pay respect to them as seen in the picture and visit their final resting place. Traditionally the food offered to the ancestors finally is part of their family reunion dinner at the eve of New Year.

Chinese are very superstitious, so what ever is round and in all kinds of hues of red or yellow will bring them luck and success. That's the reason why oranges, respectively mandarins are offered to the ancestors as well.

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