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On Tomb Sweeping Day, People in China tend the graves of their departed loved ones

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Published : Apr 6, 2018, 10:45 am IST
Updated : Apr 27, 2018, 10:57 am IST
During the festival, people make offerings to honour their departed loved ones and keep them comfortable in the afterlife. (Photo: AFP)
During the festival, people make offerings to honour their departed loved ones and keep them comfortable in the afterlife. (Photo: AFP)
An ethnic Chinese Malaysian woman (L) prepares food at her ancestor's grave at a cemetery during the annual Qingming festival in Karak, outside Kuala Lumpur in nearby Pahang state on April 5, 2018. The tradition dates back more than 2,500 years ago. (Photo: AFP)
An ethnic Chinese Malaysian woman (L) prepares food at her ancestor's grave at a cemetery during the annual Qingming festival in Karak, outside Kuala Lumpur in nearby Pahang state on April 5, 2018. The tradition dates back more than 2,500 years ago. (Photo: AFP)
A photo of a couple is seen on a gravestone during the Qing Ming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Beijing on April 5, 2018. Legend has it the festival originated from Hanshi Day a memorial day for Jie Zitui, a loyal man who died in 636 BC. (Photo: AFP)
A photo of a couple is seen on a gravestone during the Qing Ming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Beijing on April 5, 2018. Legend has it the festival originated from Hanshi Day a memorial day for Jie Zitui, a loyal man who died in 636 BC.   (Photo: AFP)
A man pays his respects at a plot in a cemetery during the Chinese Ching Ming or Tomb Sweeping Day in Hong Kong, Thursday, April 5, 2018. Thousands of Hong Kong residents also pay respects to their deceased relatives during the festival.(Photo: AP)
A man pays his respects at a plot in a cemetery during the Chinese Ching Ming or Tomb Sweeping Day in Hong Kong, Thursday, April 5, 2018. Thousands of Hong Kong residents also pay respects to their deceased relatives during the festival.(Photo: AP)
People walk past a grave that has been painted red during the Qing Ming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day. Qingming which means clear and bright, is also a time to enjoy the changing seasons and welcome spring. (Photo: AFP)
People walk past a grave that has been painted red during the Qing Ming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day. Qingming which means clear and bright, is also a time to enjoy the changing seasons and welcome spring. (Photo: AFP)
A woman decorates the grave of her mother-in-law during the Qing Ming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Beijing on April 5, 2018. During Tomb Sweeping Day, Chinese people often burn paper money, model houses, cars, mobile phones and other goods as offerings to honour them.(Photo: AFP)
A woman decorates the grave of her mother-in-law during the Qing Ming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, at a cemetery in Beijing on April 5, 2018. During Tomb Sweeping Day, Chinese people often burn paper money, model houses, cars, mobile phones and other goods as offerings to honour them.(Photo: AFP)
An ethnic Chinese boy (L) puts joss sticks on his ancestor's grave at a cemetery during the annual Qingming festival in Karak, outside Kuala Lumpur in nearby Pahang state on April 5, 2018. Chinese traditionally make offerings to honour their departed loved ones and keep them comfortable in the afterlife.(Photo: AFP)
An ethnic Chinese boy (L) puts joss sticks on his ancestor's grave at a cemetery during the annual Qingming festival in Karak, outside Kuala Lumpur in nearby Pahang state on April 5, 2018. Chinese traditionally make offerings to honour their departed loved ones and keep them comfortable in the afterlife.(Photo: AFP)
An ethnic Chinese Malaysian woman walks towards her ancestor's grave at a cemetery during the annual Qingming festival in Karak, outside Kuala Lumpur in nearby Pahang state on April 5, 2018. . People practise different customs on tomb sweeping day in the region. Some people on the South of China prepare qingtuan for the occasion, which is made from glutinous rice and barley grass (Photo AFP)
An ethnic Chinese Malaysian woman walks towards her ancestor's grave at a cemetery during the annual Qingming festival in Karak, outside Kuala Lumpur in nearby Pahang state on April 5, 2018. . People practise different customs on tomb sweeping day in the region. Some people on the South of China prepare qingtuan for the occasion, which is made from glutinous rice and barley grass (Photo AFP)

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