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Qingming Festival in the eyes of foreigners

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

Editor's note: Qingming, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, has been a traditional festival for Chinese to commemorate and pay respects to their deceased relatives and ancestors. Our foreign readers share their thoughts on the festival.

objchina (Nigeria)

I once caught a glimpse of how the festival was being observed. It was a wonderful but solemn festival, because people were remembering their loved ones who had traveled to the great beyond. I saw what Chinese people were doing with flowers, brooms and burnt fake paper money, as well as burnt paper iPhones. I was told they were offering those fake paper iPhones and money to the dead so that they could use them in the land of the dead.

A woman prays over a grave during the annual Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a public cemetery in Shanghai on April 6, 2015. [Photo/CFP]
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