The Qing Ming festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, is the traditional annual occasion for the Chinese to visit their ancestors' tombs. It can be literally translated as "Clear Brightness Festival" or the "Pure Brightness Festival". Qing Ming festival is one of the most important and popular Chinese festivals in Malaysia, second only to the Chinese Lunar New Year.
The Qing Ming festival serves many functions: to remember the ancestors, promote filial piety and family affection, awaken the common memory of the family, and promote the cohesion and sense of identity of family members. During Qing Ming, Chinese families will visit their ancestors' tombs or niches in columbaria to clean the gravesites and make ritual offerings to their ancestors. Offerings would typically include traditional food dishes and fruits. Joss sticks and candles would be lighted, and joss paper would be burnt as offerings.