Tomb sweeping day

Tomb sweeping day

Shanghai, China Cultural Atlas

An elderly man sits huddled in a wheelchair as he visits a cemetery in the outskirts of Shanghai on Tomb Sweeping Day.

The festival, which falls on April 4 this year, is a time for the Chinese to remember and honour their ancestors. Participants tend their deceased relatives’ graves, and sometimes leave offerings like food or fake money.

She Ziqing, a Nanjing massacre survivor, weeps as he stands with a bouquet of flowers during a memorial ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Museum on Tomb Sweeping Day.

She Ziqing, a Nanjing massacre survivor, weeps as he stands with a bouquet of flowers during a memorial ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Museum on Tomb Sweeping Day.

Over 50 massacre survivors and family members of victims attended the ceremony held during the festival.

REUTERS/Leo Lang

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Fake money and offerings of food lie on a tomb on the day of the festival.

Fake money and offerings of food lie on a tomb on the day of the festival.

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A woman hangs a yellow ribbon on a tree in remembrance of a dead relative.

A woman hangs a yellow ribbon on a tree in remembrance of a dead relative.

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A man repaints a dead family member's tombstone.

A man repaints a dead family member's tombstone.

Reuters/Carlos Barria

A woman cries in front of her relative’s gravestone.

A woman cries in front of her relative’s gravestone.

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A man looks down at a family member’s grave.

A man looks down at a family member’s grave.

Reuters/Carlos Barria

Another mourner tends a gravestone.

Another mourner tends a gravestone.

Reuters/Carlos Barria

Offerings of rice, fish and other food are left on a tomb in Shanghai.

Offerings of rice, fish and other food are left on a tomb in Shanghai.

Reuters/Carlos Barria

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