Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tomb Sweeping

Earlier this month was a holiday called Tomb Sweeping Day, commemorated by leaving food and alcohol at the graves of your ancestors, and burning paper gifts in order to pay respects. Religious activity was discouraged under Communist rule, but a few years ago they've reinstated Tomb Sweeping Day as an official national holiday.

Vendors outside my apartment, selling fake money and paper gifts.

The holiday was on a Monday, and while I relaxed on my day off, the roads were filled with cars heading to cemeteries and grave sites before noon. At night, the streets were eerie and beautiful with the sight of so many tiny bonfires.

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