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Green tomb-sweeping activities gain popularity
    2021-04-06  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Zhang Yu

JeniZhang13@163.com

MORE citizens opted for green and low-carbon emitting tomb-sweeping activities to mourn the deceased during the traditional Qingming Festival, which fell on Sunday this year.

The Qingming Festival, or Tomb-sweeping Day, is an important day for Chinese people to pay tribute to the dead and worship their ancestors by visiting tombs, offering sacrifices, and burning incense and joss paper.

As burning incense and joss money may turn into fire hazards, the municipal civil affairs bureau had specifically set up service sites at the entrances of Jitian Cemetery and Zhuisiyuan, the city’s funeral home, to offer free flowers to citizens in exchange for the joss paper they brought.

Meanwhile, the bureau has also encouraged citizens to mourn the deceased through online platforms, writing letters and commemorative cards, and hosting small-scale family memorial services.

The call for greener tomb-sweeping activities aligns with the city’s efforts to maintain COVID-19 prevention and control efforts.

During last year’s Tomb-sweeping Day holiday, more than 30,000 people in Shenzhen chose to mourn the deceased through online platforms, as the city called a halt to on-site tomb-sweeping visits due to COVID-19.

To avoid large crowds in these types of venues, the municipal civil affairs bureau introduced a real-name reservation system for citizens to pay visits to the city’s cemeteries and columbariums this year.

Meanwhile, citizens were also guided to visit the sites in batches with staggered hours between groups.

According to official data, funeral service institutions in Shenzhen received a total of 360,896 people during the two peak periods from March 27 to 28 and from April 3 to 5.

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