Hakka tomb-sweeping sparks fire hazards across Miaoli

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/02/12
By: Kuan Jui-pin and Ko Lin

Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) A tomb-sweeping ritual that led to nearly a hundred emergency calls in Miaoli had firemen scrambling across the county to identify and extinguish multiple fires, Miaoli County Fire Bureau said on Sunday.

The Hakka community in Miaoli turned out in droves to visit ancestral tombs and burn votive papers atop tombstones, a tradition that begins on the 16th day of the first month on the lunar calendar.

According to the bureau, fire fighters from across the county rushed to the scene of multiple accidents, caused mainly by small fires and firecrackers which set fire to the surrounding grass.    [FULL  STORY]

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