TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--A Honda CRV was accidentally set on fire at a cemetery in northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan City on Tuesday during a traditional tomb sweeping ritual, prompting netizens to crack jokes about someone else’ misfortune, including comments such as “The descendants are so devoted as to burn a CRV as an offering to their ancestors.”
Burning of paper money is a Chinese tradition that goes back thousands of years. Offerings are made to the spirits of the deceased, and according to the traditions, the properties of the presents that are set on fire will transfer to the afterlife where it can be used by the spirits.
People of Chinese descent visit the graves of their ancestors to burn paper money as an offering during the annual vacation of Tomb-sweeping Day, which falls on April 4 this year.
Many cemetery fires have been reported across Taiwan due to burning paper money during the tomb-sweeping ritual.
The charred Honda CRV. Photo credit: 台灣新聞記者聯盟&爆料平台 (fb)
Around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Taoyuan Fire Department received a report that a car was on fire at the Singnan Cemetery in the Daxi District. The fire fighters arrived at the scene soon after receiving the report. After the fire was put out, the car was almost completely burned.
Burning weeds around a graveyard was initially suspected as the cause of the fire that engulfed the SUV while police and the fire department are investigating to get to the bottom of the incident.
As the photos of the fire were posted on a journalistic group’s Facebook account (台灣新聞記者聯盟&爆料平台) as a platform for disclosure, netizens responded with comments including “No worship is as great as the worship of burning a CRV” and “The car owner has finally found a good excuse to get a new CRV.”