Festival draws 6,000 members of a family

A Taiwanese family burns paper money in Taipei to honour their ancestors during a traditional festival. (AFP)

About 6,000 members of the same family gathered in Taiwan for a traditional festival to honour their ancestors.

The Yeh family travelled from as far afield as the United States, Australia and Brazil to Taiwan's northern county of Taoyuan for the Tomb-Sweeping Festival on Monday, the Apple Daily newspaper said.

The crowd thronged a square in front of the family tomb and surrounding roads, burning nearly 10 tonnes of ritual paper money and setting off hundreds of firecrackers in honour of the dead.

Taiwanese faithful believe burning paper money – and everything from cars to computers made of paper – will ensure their ancestors are comfortable in the after-life, said the report.


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