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China: 'iPhones, iPads, laptops' burned as offerings as ancient festival gets modern makeover02:16

China: 'iPhones, iPads, laptops' burned as offerings as ancient festival gets modern makeover

China, Guangzhou
April 5, 2017 at 08:06 GMT -00:00 · Published

The centuries-old Qing Ming festival - also known as "tomb sweeping day" - in which participants traditionally pay their respects to their ancestors by burning offerings such as fake money and food, has been given an injection of modernity as effigies of mobile phones and computers were thrown into the mix, in Guangzhou, Tuesday.

One participant said that "now we are living a modern life" ancestors deserved "high-tech products like iPhones, iPads, laptops," adding that "except for the normal foods and fruits, this year my offerings to my deceased ancestors also include a BMW car, a 3-floor mansion, a full set of Apple products, a butler and a maid."

In some parts of China the festival has gone even more hi-tech, with live-streams available for those that cannot make it to their ancestor's graves, whilst some tombstones have been embedded with QR codes which, when scanned, allow the mourner to access a world of interactive memories via phone.

China: 'iPhones, iPads, laptops' burned as offerings as ancient festival gets modern makeover02:16
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The centuries-old Qing Ming festival - also known as "tomb sweeping day" - in which participants traditionally pay their respects to their ancestors by burning offerings such as fake money and food, has been given an injection of modernity as effigies of mobile phones and computers were thrown into the mix, in Guangzhou, Tuesday.

One participant said that "now we are living a modern life" ancestors deserved "high-tech products like iPhones, iPads, laptops," adding that "except for the normal foods and fruits, this year my offerings to my deceased ancestors also include a BMW car, a 3-floor mansion, a full set of Apple products, a butler and a maid."

In some parts of China the festival has gone even more hi-tech, with live-streams available for those that cannot make it to their ancestor's graves, whilst some tombstones have been embedded with QR codes which, when scanned, allow the mourner to access a world of interactive memories via phone.

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