460 mln Chinese mourn for deceased during Tomb-Sweeping Day holiday

08:29, April 06, 2011      

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Photo taken on April 5, 2011 shows flowers on the gravestones in a cemetery in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, April 5, 2011. More and more people choose to use flowers instead of burning incense and candles while mourning for the deceased relatives and friends. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)

An estimated 460 million people mourned the deceased at graveyards or memorial parks during this year's Tomb Sweeping Day holiday from Sunday to Tuesday, roughly the same number as last year, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

The number was based on figures from the ministry's 150 key memorial sites and cemeteries, which received a total of nearly 5.11 million people on Tuesday, down 10 percent from the figure last year, the ministry said in a statement Tuesday evening.

The monitored memorial sites received more than 14.75 million people and nearly 1.86 million vehicles during the three-day holiday, up 3 percent and 18 percent from the same period in 2010.

It is a tradition in China to visit family graves during Qingming or Tomb Sweeping Day, which fell on April 5 this year. Memorial activities involve burning "fake" paper versions of money and other possessions.

The Ministry of Public Security last week urged beefed up security measures to ensure a safe Tomb Sweeping Day this year by preventing accidents such as fires and stampedes.

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Source: Xinhua
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