THE Chinese community in Fiji gathered to pay their respects to their forefathers and celebrate more than 5000 years of tradition during the Chong Yang Festival yesterday.
The festival, celebrated over the months of September and October, is one in which Chinese families honour those who passed on through a series of solemn rituals and sharing of food.
The Chinese Association of Fiji visited the Chinese cemeteries at Lovonilase, Naulu and Reservoir Rd to clean grave sites and keep alive the memories of those who've passed on.
Former association president Dixon Seeto said this year the association got together to perform rituals on behalf of the community and those who were abroad.
"There are some of us who have migrated and could not be here, so this way we ensure that their family who have passed on are not forgotten," Mr Seeto said.
The rituals involved the lighting of incense and the burning of paper money at the three Chinese cemeteries around Suva.
Association vice president Jenny Seeto said there was a similar ceremony performed around Easter called Ching Ming for the same purpose.