Qing Ming festival

April 5, 2010 all-day
Erin Mills Cemetary or other cemeteries

Qing Ming festival. China. The annual cleaning of family graves. Traditionalists burn incense, paper money, cars, clothes, etc. and share a meal with the dead to keep them happy. This is part of ancestor worship, a belief that the departed relatives can affect the fortunes of the living. If you are invited to join a family group, consider yourself fortunate. These gatherings are not as morbid as you might think and include the ceremonial bowing three times in respect towards the grave stones. For a look at the tradition, visit Erin Mills Cemetary or other cemeteries with a large Chinese population. Do not take photos of people without permission.

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