Tomb-Sweeping Festival

Tomb-Sweeping Festival (Qing Ming Festival) is one of the most important of China’s traditional holidays. It’s when families honor their deceased loved ones and ancestors by tending to and cleaning their grave sites — leaving food and cigarettes and wine, and burning fake paper money to be used in their afterlife. In addition to the fake paper money, people often burn paper houses, housekeepers, Mercedes, and yachts. All to make sure their ancestors live the rest of their dying days in luxury and comfort.

However, the price of grave sites are rising as dramatically as apartments, so much so that the joke is that it’s too expensive to live in China, but nobody can afford to die.

In the photo is a woman on the street selling the fake money before the April 5 holiday.


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