Chinese respect ancestors by sweeping their tombs

Chinese respect ancestors by sweeping their tombs


A woman cleans the engravings on a gravestone during the annual “Qingming” festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a public cemetery in Shanghai on April 4, 2017. © AFP

Chinese have celebrated the centuries-old ‘Qingming festival’, also known as tomb sweeping day.

In Guangzhou, participants traditionally pay respect to their ancestors by burning offerings such as fake money and food.

Recently, the tradition has been given an injection of modernity as effigies of mobile phones and computers have been added to the mixture.

In some parts of China, the festival has gone even more hi-tech, with live-streams available for those that cannot make it to their ancestor’s graves.

This photo taken on April 3, 2017 shows Tibetan students from Jiangsu Nantong Minority Middle School placing flowers at a cemetery of revolutionary matyrs for the “Qingming” festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day in Nantong, east China. © AFP

This comes as some tombstones are embedded with QR codes which, when scanned, allow the mourner to access a world of interactive memories via phone.


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