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 China's Tomb-Sweeping Day goes virtual

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Date posted: 05/04/2005

Chinese citizens burned virtual candles and incense, sent digital flowers and set fire to paper cell phones today, as modern technology changes the way the ancient Qing Ming Tomb-Sweeping Day is celebrated.

Tomb-Sweeping Day is a traditional holiday when people honor their ancestors and flock to cemeteries. The only problem? That the younger generation are disillusioned with most ofthe physical preparation, or the thought of hving to trek hundreds, or thousands of miles to sweep graves.

Internet mourning, such as on the 'online cemetery', where virtual candles or joss-sticks are lit and virtual flowers are sent, has modernised this ancient ceremony, and saved millions long journeys, whilst still allowing them to participate.

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