Title: Roast Sucking-Pig and Whisky for the Dead
Producer: Begg, S.; Illustrated London News
Accession number: 2001.69/15
Measurements: H 378 mm; L 245 mm [CCity]
The caption of this illustration of the East London Cemetery describes the scene:
'The Chinaman pays great reverence to his dead, and continues to pay that reverence even when he is in an alien land. On the occasion illustrated some sixty Chinamen took part in the ceremonies in honour of deceased compatriots. A roast sucking pig, roast fowls, much fruit, cakes, rice and paper 'money' were brought for the dead. Whisky was poured on the graves and joss sticks were burned.'
Chinese people still visit their families' graves to observe Ching Ming, originally a Taoist ritual, which takes place at the beginning of spring.