The first week of April I was in China, and I got to witness firsthand one of the Chinese holidays. The holiday is called “Qingming” or Tomb Sweeping Day. This holiday is designed to honor, or some would say worship, their dead family members. Do you want to know how the day is celebrated?
As the name indicates, a tomb is involved with this holiday. Actually, flowers will be left at a grave site, and even a bottle of the person’s favorite adult beverage will be left as well. Most people living in the cities are cremated, but people living in the countryside are buried and have a tomb stone, so the people living in cities will go to the streets and sidewalks to burn something for their ancestors. Can you guess what they burn?
This is money — well, fake money that is burned so their ancestors will have money wherever they are. The bills look like a 100 RMB bill, which is the largest bill used in China.