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Ching Ming

Ching Ming

  • Apr 5

Falling on the 106th day after the Winter Solstice, Ching Ming is a family affair. It is the day when relatives flock to their ancestors' graves. They tidy the tombstones and arrange fresh flowers and three glasses of wine before them. They burn joss sticks and paper objects, in the belief that the dead will receive these "the other side". Paper cars, money, mahjong sets, even cellular phones go up in smoke.

The families also present roast piglets, fruit and other food to the deceased but that doesn't go to waste. The day usually ends with a family feast.