Tomb Sweeping Day lands on April 5, and opportunists across the country are gleefully carrying on the tradition of cashing-in on the occasion for all it’s worth. Yes, vendors on Taobao are once again offering “professional mourners” who will pay respects to customers’ deceased ancestors on their behalf. Paper-makers, meanwhile, are jumping on the Apple bandwagon with replica paper offerings of Apple Watches and iPhone 7 (yes, iPhone 7) handsets.
One vendor in Hengyang, Hunan province said told Xinhua that a three-minute “weeping session” will set a customer back around 100 yuan. For a collective wail from the “group weeping” service, requiring at least 10 mourners, customers can get a deal by paying 90 yuan per person for a three-minute session.
The professionals can also be paid to offer sacrifices for anywhere from 100 yuan to hundreds of yuan, according to Want China Times. Vendors even offer pictures documenting the process so customers can be assured that the mourning was properly carried out.
Tomb Sweeping Day, or Qingming Festival, is celebrated annually by Chinese people who commemorate their ancestors by burning incense and offerings for them to use in the afterlife.
As technology continues to evolve, so apparently does the necessities for those who’ve long passed. Last year, people were reported to have given iPhones, internet routers and subway passes as offerings to the deceased.
This year, the dead are getting their ghostly hands on gadgets that haven’t even been released to the living, including replicas of the Apple Watch and iPhone 7 (plus cables and headphones) for less than 40 RMB.