Tomorrow, April 5th, is Tomb-Sweeping Day in China, also known as Qingming Festival. It became a public holiday in mainland China in 2008 and it is when Chinese people visit the tombs of their ancestors to clean the gravesites, pray to their ancestors, and make ritual offerings. According to ancestor-worship traditions across most of East Asia, the dead can really make a go of life in the underworld with the help of a little cash, also known as ghost money... For those who find gifts of money crass though, there are also luxury goods made to send to the spirit world, from paper iPads to race cars. In China, a joss paper house (110x70cm) costs about 250 yuan (US$38) among the living.
More than 1,000 metric tons of joss paper are burned annually in China, according to the China Consumers' Association.
List of a few objects to burn as spirit offering in China, photographed by @giuliamarchiphoto :
1-(24x33cm) Paper laptop, 10 RMB.
2-(10x5cm) Paper iPhone, 5 RMB.
3-(7x25cm) Paper women's shoes, 15 RMB.
4-(110x70cm) Paper house, 250 RMB.
5-(12x30cm) Paper cigarette packs, 5 RMB.
6-(9x19cm) Paper fake money, 3 RMB.
7-(23x30cm) Paper bag, 12 RMB.
8-(9x28cm) Paper car, 5 RMB.
9-(80x55cm) Paper washing machine, 15 RMB.
10-(7x25cm) Paper men's shoes, 15RMB.