To sweep or not to sweepIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are being urged to either conduct this weekend’s tomb sweeping activities earlier in smaller groups or online. Nearly 10,000 descendants attended the Yeh family tomb sweeping ceremony at the ancestral shrine in Taoyuan last year. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) set an example on Tuesday by saying that he had already completed his tomb sweeping rituals. After it was launched in January last year, Taichung City’s tomb sweeping Web site only saw 117 worships over the entire year. “Online tomb-sweeping is well-intentioned and does prevent the pandemic from spreading, but it doesn’t meet traditional customs.
Source: Taipei Times April 01, 2020 15:56 UTC