In Pictures: At a Hong Kong paper offering store, gaming consoles beat Covid kits for Ching Ming Festival

Recently, a photo of a mobile phone showing the government’s LeaveHomeSafe contact tracing app went viral in Hong Kong. It was not an actual device, but a paper offering intended to be burnt as a gift for loved ones who had passed away to enjoy in the afterlife. “[You] have to use LeaveHomeSafe even after death,” someone commented beneath the image on Facebook.

Photo: Peter Lee/HKFP.

Paper offerings are a major part of Ching Ming Festival, or Tomb-Sweeping Day as it is sometimes known in English, which this year falls on Tuesday. However, at a store in Sai Ying Pun, HKFP was told that “no one looks for Covid-themed offerings anymore.”

A Covid prevention kit for the dead. Photo: Peter Lee/HKFP.

“Now our best-sellers are Switch and PS5,” said Mak Wai-hung, one Hong Kong’s last paper offering craftspeople, who has been stationed at the store for three years. “In my knowledge, there are only two people in Hong Kong who make these modern [paper offerings]and I am one of them.”

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