Tuesday, March 14, 2006

They'll Be Hungry an Hour Later

The powers that be in Shanghai have shrunk the allowed size of a burial plot from three to one square meter (double occupancy).

New rules have also been introduced for next month's Qing Ming Festival ("tomb sweeping day"), when 7 million people are expected to drop in on their ancestors.

To prevent chaos and fire, firecrackers are banned at all cemeteries this year. Instead people will be given free flowers and balloons.

In addition free doggy bags will be available to help keep cemeteries clean. According to tradition, people leave a cooked dish on the headstone for the dead to eat. The food usually spoils.

The bureau hopes visitors will make the food offering, but put it in the doggy bag when they leave. [Link]

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