Tomb Sweeping Day is a traditional Chinese festival to commemorate ancestors. People show respect to their ancestors by visiting their graves, offering food, tea or wine, burning incense and offering ‘joss paper’ representing money. They pray before their ancestors’ graves and ask for blessings on their families. This is also a time to start enjoying the greenery of spring. People treat this day as a family outing day, and one of the most popular activities is kite flying.
‘Spirit Money’, also known as ‘Hell Money,’ is currency printed to resemble legal tender but burned as offerings to deceased loved ones to ensure comfort in their lives after death.
This talk will explore the meanings of this type of money and provide some explanation into this colourful and complicated world of currency in the afterlife.