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"Qing Ming Jie" Fushun Local Custom Tip by chinapossum

Fushun Local Customs: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Eat this food and you will live a long life
by chinapossum

In April, people go to visit the graves of their relatives and leave fruit, buns, lit cigarettes and flowers on the gravestone for them, as well as fake (death) money, chopsticks, incense and small cups of alcohol.

Then they take half of it home with them to eat themselves, and tell themselves it gives them long life. And fair enough. I don't think the dead are interested in keeping any of it, thanks anyway.

Still, it is sad to see people missing their dead relatives. I don't think its fear of death that drives such activities as much as just missing someone you were close to.

In recent years people have also been bringing cardboard effigies of fridges and cars etc. to give to their loved ones.

Small children and babies are not brought to the cemetary for fear that in their innocence they may be able to see the dead.

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  • Written Apr 5, 2005
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