Chinese funeral rites often follow a complex system of status. In part, older people may not show respect to a younger deceased counterpart. The older people may not even take part in arranging the younger person’s funeral.
The body is carefully washed and prepared once an auspicious day is chosen for the Ceremony. The deceased is normally never dressed in red, as this colour may cause their spirit to become a ghost. Joss paper (prayer money) is often burned, to enable the deceased to have money for use in the afterlife.
Scriptures may be chanted over the casket, and music may be used to help scare away bad spirits on the journey to the graveside. Family members will burn joss sticks and offer prayers for the dead at an altar at home. At least once a year they visit the gravesite for the traditional Tomb Sweeping Ceremony.
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