On March 9, the Office of the Municipal Leading Group for Governing the Production and Operation of the Incineration of Ming Paper and Ming Coins in accordance with the law organized a special video conference to make comprehensive arrangements for the governance work during the Ching Ming Festival in 2021. The meeting requested that all relevant departments in the city should regard cutting off the source as the top priority of governance according to law, crack down on the source of production, strictly investigate transportation channels, severely punish sales links, and strictly control end-burning, so that there is nowhere to buy Ming paper coins. No paper to burn. Jiang Chuanhai, member of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Party Committee and deputy mayor, attended the meeting and delivered a speech. (Harbin Urban Management Bureau)
There is a saying here in Harbin: “Live without filial piety, die without barking”, this is the most annoying and the most boring thing. Some people have a pension when their relatives are there, but don’t spend much. They don’t tell him the true condition of his illness when he is sick. He doesn’t cook what he wants to eat, and the person he wants to see won’t come back for eight lifetimes when he is out of town. , When the people are gone, it’s the caravan, it’s memorials, flowers, and paper-burning. Is it interesting? Does it make sense? Who believes that the thing is not made for living people? Therefore, the city government said that paper burning is not allowed, and it did not encounter much resistance (in fact, this matter has been advocated for several years). Let alone the streets, funeral homes do not burn paper anymore. This in itself is a good thing to change customs, and it can be seen. Harbin is not as unbearable as some people say in areas where industrialization is fully developed and where people’s ideology is advanced. As for some of the respondents below, they are worried that “the tradition will be broken if you don’t let the paper burn”. If so, binding your feet was a tradition for more than 1,000 years, and keeping pigtails has been a tradition for hundreds of years since the Qing army entered the customs. It was just Xinhai that year. During the revolution, didn’t some people have their pigtails cut and went home crying bitterly? Isn’t there also a woman who has bound feet and is forced to let go of her feet? But is this broken tradition good or bad? There are also people who say “what about the merchants who sell the coins”. In this way, what do the merchants who sell candles, matches, tapes, and phonographs think in their hearts? Finally, I will put a “violence theory” here-with the further advancement of China’s industrialization and the further modernization of society, sooner or later modern Chinese will even abandon the purchase of cemeteries, and adopt new types of deep burial, tree burial, sea burial, etc. The methods of funeral and burial will also change further. The departed relatives will inspire the younger generations with their spirits, but they may not become the fetters of the descendants with a physical existence.