One day after Ghost Festival, some streets in Shenyang, Liaoning province were flooded with ashes from incense, joss paper and other items that made life a living hell for the city’s sanitation workers.
The Ghost Festival (盂兰盆) falls on the the 15th day of the seventh month on the Chinese lunar calendar.
To mark the festival, the citizens started burning various items outside of their homes or alongside roads as offerings to their ancestors. Some families brought their kids and even pets to join in watching stuff burn, China Youth reports.
A sanitation worker told reporters that residents had burned the most joss paper this year than they ever had before and to clean the scraps still swirling around in the air was pure torture.
To celebrate the Ghost Festival, Sichuan residents lit hundreds of fires along the riverside to celebrate the festival, sending the city’s Air Quality Index soaring.
By Lucy Liu
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