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Would you choose online tomb-sweeping for Qingming?

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-04-04 09:00

Editor's note: Tomb-Sweeping Day, also known as Qingming Festival, is a traditional Chinese holiday where people pay tribute to deceased family and friends. Online tomb-sweeping is gaining popularity this year. As people are advised not to visit cemeteries until the epidemic ends, would you choose to pay tribute to your ancestors and deceased beloved ones online?

markwu (Malaysia)

Ancestors would understand things are not the same this year and they wouldn't want to risk anything bad happening to their descendents. But rather than online tomb-sweeping, why not defer the physical ceremony to a later date when the coast is clear?

Just recently in a small town called Albany, population 90,000, in Georgia, USA, someone turned up to attend a funeral. Ten days later, 24 had died from the virus with six more on the way. It was fast-spreading cluster.

So if it is neither to be physical nor virtual, just delay the date of the ceremony. And if the virus rages on for a year or two, have it next year or a year after as two-in-one or three-in-one. Proportionately increase the size of the offerings thereto.

A cemetery staff member offers flowers at a grave on behalf of the deceased's relatives at the Xianjuyuan Cemetery in Taiyuan, North China's Shanxi province, March 26, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
  
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