Thursday, April 5, 2012

Offerings to the Spirits

Burning offerings to the spirits -- NEX-5N & Zoomar Kilfitt Makro Kilar 90mm f2.8

This picture was one of the couple dozen I took last week in one of my usual lunch shoots.  I have walked through this route at least once a week.  Saw this old lady burning offerings and I quickly snapped a couple of pictures before she stared me away :)  The Chinese Qingming Festival is around this time of the year and it's a time to honour the ancestors by visiting and cleaning their graves, bringing food and offerings to them.  Some of the offerings include paper money in large denominations, paper clothes, paper cars, etc.  They are sent to the ancestors by burning them, like this old lady above is doing.  

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