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Family with 6000 Members Gathered for Taiwan Festival

A family consisting of 6000 members gathered for the traditional festival honoring their ancestors in Taiwan, local media Apple Daily and AFP reported Tuesday, April 6.qingming-festival

The Yeh family celebrated the Tomb Sweeping festival with some members coming from the United States, Australia and Brazil. Some came locally like the northern county of Taoyuan.

Gathering in front of the family tomb, and due to their big number the surrounding roads, the Yeh clan burned around 22,000 pounds of ritual paper money and fired hundreds of firecrackers to honor their dead. The burning of paper money is a belief that it will help ancestors be comfortable in the after-life while firecrackers wards off evil spirits.

The Tomb Sweeping Festival, also known as Qingming Festival, is celebrated in the 15th day from the Spring Equinox, which is usually the 5th of April in the Gregorian calendar. The name denotes a time for the people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime and tend to the graves of departed ones.