paper roast meats
Our World Tuesday
It's the annual Qingming Festival (清明节), commonly called 'tomb-sweeping day' because people head to the cemeteries to clean tombs and give offerings.
Our family members, young and old performed the usual rituals which include pulling out weeds around the tomb, cleaning the headstone and replacing wilted or dead flowers with fresh ones. We also offered food, burnt incense and paper offerings.
paper sharks fin soup and abalone
The week before the tomb sweeping day, I accompanied my Dad and an uncle to buy some paper offerings for our ancestors. These would be burnt to ensure that the spirit of the deceased will have lots of wealth and good things in the afterlife.
I was amazed at the latest variety of paper-made goods available for the deceased at this speciality store. The offerings have gone 'atas' (high-class)! Many of them are world famous luxury brands which the deceased might never afford to own when they were alive. :P
Dad had ordered another pair of paper dolls which would be burnt and sent to my grandparents to take care of their needs. 8 helpers!! I hope my grandparents can handle so many extra hands. Their 'double-storey house' is beginning to look cramped with so many occupants. :P
My uncle tried to convince us to get a bigger paper house next year. More ageing relatives might 'go down' to join my grandparents any time. It is also cheaper to buy now as prices of made-to-order paper houses are raising every year. -_-'"
I was fascinated with the paper offerings of iPads or iMacs but I did not buy any. To my horror, my uncle bought them an 'iPhone'. I told him to give his contact number to my grandparents and NOT to offer mine. Gosh, if there is afterlife, it is going to be scary.