Qingming Day also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, occurs on the day which is at the 5 / 24th of a lunar year. Simply put, it falls on either April 4th or April 5th, and in 2010 this occurs on April 5th. The traditional festival was made an official 1-day holiday in China in 2008. On the day, people travel back to their hometowns or where their ancestors rest to sweep tombs, offer wines and foods, burn underworld bank notes and other items so as to provide for their relatives underworld.
Apart from visiting ancestors out of love and respect, many Chinese people also believe that the good life they are living and the fortune they are making can partly attributed to blessings from their ancestors, so they return the blessing by offering on Qingming Day and wish for ongoing fortune. As their life gets better, offerings also keep up with the trend. This year, people get “creative” and present more than just money and foods as offering, here are some that burn out of box (pictures from xinhuanet):
First of all, private villa with garden and yacht guarantees more than comfortable living.
In this age, car is a must, and Mercedes seems more presentable.
Hell Gas station! How considerate.
Mahjong for ancestors’ recreation activities.
And Maotai Wine and Zhonghua Cigarette will add fun to Mahjong game and good for socializing too.
Credit cards and jewels are symbols of identity.
Passbook and various tickets for the convenience of traveling, hopefully none of them lead to human world.
50 yuan can get ancestors married with young super stars such as Maggie Cheung, Jolin.
Durex and other condoms for underworld birth control?
ID card issued by United Nations of heaven and hell.
Gold, lots of gold for ancestors’ various expenditures. Descendants makes life easy for ancestors and hopefully vice versa.