Chinese People Are Honoring Their Dead Pets Today

China’s annual “Tomb-Sweeping Day,” a day to pay respects to the deceased, has been extended to pets.

In China, spring is a time to think about the past. During Qingming, commonly known as « Tomb-Sweeping Day, » millions of Chinese people visit cemeteries to pay tribute to their deceased family members — which in recent years has extended to pets.

In China, spring is a time to think about the past. During Qingming, commonly known as "Tomb-Sweeping Day," millions of Chinese people visit cemeteries to pay tribute to their deceased family members — which in recent years has extended to pets.

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The ancient holiday falls on April 4 this year. But for the past two weeks, many people have felt that the dust on the tombs was too much and couldn’t wait to give them an early sweeping.

The ancient holiday falls on April 4 this year. But for the past two weeks, many people have felt that the dust on the tombs was too much and couldn't wait to give them an early sweeping.

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The stories told to Reuters at Baifu Pet Cemetery on the outskirts of Beijing are just lovely. Qingqiu here is visiting the grave of Huoban (which means « partner » in English), her previous dog, with Huoban Jr, her current partner.

The stories told to Reuters at Baifu Pet Cemetery on the outskirts of Beijing are just lovely. Qingqiu here is visiting the grave of Huoban (which means "partner" in English), her previous dog, with Huoban Jr, her current partner.

Huoban died at the age of 15. “Huoban was very clever, it picked up skills quickly. Being able to visit it here makes me feel like we haven't lost our connection,” Qingqiu told Reuters.

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The Chinese characters on the gravestone read: « Huoban, we were destined to meet this life, and will see you again next life. We love you forever. »

The Chinese characters on the gravestone read: "Huoban, we were destined to meet this life, and will see you again next life. We love you forever."

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