We made it back to Dameisha this morning. I have come to regret leaving Hong Kong at the end of each visit there – but that’s good, right? It means I will look forward to go back. I cleaned the apartment and prepared for work tomorrow. It is Tomb Sweeping Day in China, more information from Wikipedia below. I looked in the stores here but did not see any joss paper for sale, so the picture from Wikipedia will have to do. (It’s also known as ghost money, sheets of paper that are burned on days like today as a gift to those in the afterlife, or at traditional Chinese funerals.
[Source : Wikipedia] The Qingming Festival (清明節), Ancestors Day or Tomb Sweeping Day is a traditional Chinese festival usually occurring around April 5. The name Qingming denotes a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime (踏青 Tàqīng, “treading on the greenery”) and tend to the graves of departed ones. Qingming has been regularly observed as a statutory public holiday in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau – but its observance was only reinstated as a public holiday in mainland China in 2008, after having been previously suppressed by the ruling Communist Party in 1949.