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Qingming Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day

The Qingming Festival, also know as Tomb Sweeping Day, was held earlier this week marked by people visiting cemeteries to clean tombs, lay flowers, and make offerings to the deceased.--By Lloyd Young
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An ethnic Chinese Malaysian family visits the grave of an ancestor at a cemetery on the eve of the annual Qingming Festival in Kuala Lumpur on April 3. Qingming, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is an annual Chinese festival to commemorate the dead. Families visit and clean the graves of their ancestors, burning incence, paper money and presenting offerings such as food, tea, wine and joss paper accessories. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman makes paper replicas of golden bars that are usually burnt for the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day which falls on April 4, at a workshop in Baoding, China, on March 26. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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People wait near a tube station for shuttles going to a cemetery in Shanghai, during Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Festival, on April 4. (Reuters)
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A woman prepares incense and offerings to burn at a grave during the annual Qingming Festival at a public cemetery in Shanghai on April 4. During Qingming, Chinese traditionally tend the graves of their departed loved ones and often burn paper offerings to honour them and keep them comfortable in the afterlife. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman prays in front of a grave at a cemetary in Babaoshan in Beijing on April 4. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)
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A man from the Yeh family raises incense sticks during an annual worship ceremony to pay respects to their ancestors during the Qingming Festival on April 4. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)
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A man repaints the engravings on a gravestone during the annual Qingming Festival at a public cemetery in Shanghai on April 4. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
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Children holding lanterns parade ahead of the Qingming Festival, or the Tomb Sweeping Day in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, on April 2. (Reuters)
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Two woman visits their deceased relatives to mark the Qingming Festival at the hillside cemetery in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 4. (Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA)
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A child from the Yeh family picks up offerings and paper money during an annual worship ceremony to pay respects to their ancestors during the Qingming Festival on April 4. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)
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Spirit money burns next to a grave as an offering during the annual Qingming Festival at a public cemetery in Shanghai on April 4. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
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People burn joss paper money as they pray at a public cemetery during the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Festival, in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province, China, on April 4. (Reuters)
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Participants wear traditional costumes at a celebration to worship Yellow Emperor Xuan Yuan, who is considered by many to be the ancestor of the Chinese, during Qingming Festival in Hangling county, Shaanxi Province, China, on April 4. (China Daily via Reuters)
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A Taiwanese man cleans the tomb of a deceased relative to mark the Qingming Festival at a hillside cemetery in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 4. (Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA)
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A family burns incense and paper money a day before the annual Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, next to a grave at a public cemetery in Shanghai on April 3. The Chinese traditionally observe Qingming by tending to the graves of their departed loved ones and often burn paper money, model houses, cars, mobile phones and other goods as offerings to honor them and keep them comfortable in the afterlife. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
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A father holds hands with his son and as they walk over offerings and paper money while thousands of Yeh family members attend an annual worship ceremony to pay respects to their ancestors during the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, on April 4. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)
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