Qing Ming Amazing Stories
Qing Ming (or commonly named Ghost Festival) is the time where the deceased or the departed are given one month’s permission to visit our world.
Qing Ming to Taoism and Buddhism followers is to revere or admire one’s departed families and relatives that live in this world. It is also an opportunity to visit the graveyards even sweep their tombstones as a mark of respect. The followers bring food, drinks and joss sticks to pray to graveyards. They also offer paper money, houses, suits, mobile phones and even a paper maid!
Prayers at Gravesite (courtesy www.mythicmaps.et)
However Qing Ming or Ghost Festival as the name implies have its share of ghostly stories, I will relate two spooky tales that happened during the festival.
This happened in a seafood restaurant in Port Klang during the Qing Ming month as told by Steven Yap. Steven was told by his mother to be back early after work especially during that month but he did not really believe in such stories.
He and his office colleagues had a celebration one night when one of his workmates received a healthy commission for a project. After work they went to a seafood restaurant to celebrate with food and drinks.
Half way during dinner, Steven had to go the restroom which was separately located adjacent to the restaurant. The male toilet was dark and muddy and the lights were not working well as they were flickering on and off. When he was done, he went to the row of basins to wash his hand when the lights went off. He was quickly drying his hands when he realised from the mirror that someone was in the toilet.
A clear distinct outline of a dark blurry figure of a man but only without the bottom half – with no legs! Steven quickly turned around as the lights again turned on but there was no body there. Breathing very fast he turned slowly to the mirror to find the apparition is not there.
Lauren Yee’s mother likes to spend her time at the casino in Genting Highlands. She went without her friend (an ‘aunty’ – a manjong kaki) and she had both single beds at Ria Apartment. She took a single bed for herself and left the bed empty.
After a heavy session of gambling at the casino, she went back to her room to sleep. She suddenly woke up at about 3am and had an uneasy feeling that she was not alone. She slowly turned to look at the empty bed only to see a woman with long black hair dress in white (could not see her face as was facing downward) sitting on the empty bed.
Startled, Lauren’s mother screamed and rolled backwards from her bed and she fell to the floor. Breathing hard and saying mantras, she forced herself to peer at the empty bed – and there nothing there.