Date
21 November 2017
Professional tomb cleaners are offering everything from sweeping graves to burning incense, offering flowers and worshipping at the site. Photo: Xinhua
Professional tomb cleaners are offering everything from sweeping graves to burning incense, offering flowers and worshipping at the site. Photo: Xinhua

Professional tomb cleaners sweep social media

No time to sweep your ancestors’ tombs for the Chinese Ching Ming Festival?

There are professionals who can help.

Some companies in China are offering to do it for a fee with an added touch — they can also send people over to light incense, offer flowers and worship at the grave of loved ones on behalf of customers, am730 reported Monday.

The service charge ranges from several hundred to tens of thousands of yuan.

Want some anguished weeping and mournful sobs? That will cost you an extra 100 yuan (US$16.05) per 10 minutes.

And in case there’s a misunderstanding about the job, the contractors will stream the activities live on the internet.

But apparently, not many people are interested.

Some service providers have not received orders, except from a handful of overseas clients.

Also, they’re up against an age-old tradition that treats ancestral remembrances and related activities during the festival as a filial duty.

Netizens are fiercely debating the service.

Some say it destroys the spirit of this important religious holiday while others praise the chance it offers to faraway relatives to honor their departed family members.

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