Grave – Sweeping Day

Today is Grave-Sweeping Day in Yantai. I can’t possibly express how pleased I am to find out Chinese holiday that doesn’t involve lighting any late-night fireworks under my window. On Grave-Sweeping Day, residents of Yantai don’t actually sweep graves. They honor their ancestors by burning paper money at crossroads, which the ancestors receive in the afterlife. I’m not really sure how 4he netherworldly economic works, but since every intersection in Yantai has a few of these incendiary offerings, I’d be more concerned about afterlife inflation.

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