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Qingming Festival in the eyes of foreigners

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-04-07 08:37

smile1233 (Thailand)

Why do you even call it "tomb sweeping"? No one I know goes to sweep any tombs. It took me three years to figure out you were talking about Qingming. The spirits benefit from prayers, and a stranger's well wishes are not wasted if he is sincere. While I don't want this tradition to end -- because it's a fun, bonding social gathering -- the spirits of your deceased loved ones can benefit from your prayers wherever you are, so you don't necessarily have to visit their burial places.

A woman pays her respects at a graveyard in Wenling, Zhejiang province, on April 4, 2017.[Jin Yunguo/For China Daily]
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