Happy Burn-Things-in-the-Road-to-Your-Ancestors Day

Last night was “send cold clothes” (送寒衣 sòng hán yÄ«), the day in the lunar calendar when millions of Chinese go out to the intersections to send burnt offerings to their ancestors. Here’s the sidewalk outside our apartment complex this morning:

Drawing circles around the pile is part of the tradition, it apparently helps the stuff intended for your ancestor not get mixed with anybody elses’ or stolen:

For better photos and a fuller explanation, see:

Passed some street vendors selling paper clothes and ghost money while on my way to get Muslim food for dinner:

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