Expensive offerings a grave problem

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2008, 12:00am

Inflationary pressures gripped grave-sweepers during the Ching Ming Festival last week. Offerings were getting so expensive the ancestors might turn in their graves if they knew, one grave sweeper complained.

The woman, surnamed Lee, said she could not afford a roast suckling pig as an offering to her ancestors at Tseung Kwan O Chinese Permanent Cemetery this year and had been forced to buy some roast pig cuttings instead. She said even the price of roast pig cuttings had gone up about 30 per cent compared with last year.

Grave-sweeper Leung Po Wai-fun said she had spent about HK$1,700 just for paper offerings to her husband and his family.

She said the price of paper offerings had gone up slightly this year but she had wanted to buy a full package for her husband. 'There's a mobile phone, a razor, a passport and some money in different currencies in the paper package to my husband,' Ms Leung said.

This is the edited version of an article by Scarlett Chiang and Clifford Lo which ran in the Post last Saturday