Last week is the Spring Memorial Holiday (清明节）for Chinese, it is the time for people to go sweep the tombs of ancestors and loved ones, and pay them some tribute. We Chinese believe that you can send gifts to the dead by burning the gifts in front of their tombs. Popular tributes include fake money (from fake gold and silver ingot made with foil, to US dollar bill in which the face of Franklin is replaced by that of the Chinese god in charge of Heaven), paper houses and paper servants, the luxurious liquor Moutai and other things Chinese people crave in this world.
But this year the trend is you have to give your ancestors iPads and iPhones if you don't want them to be looked down upon in Heaven.
Anyway, I am again touched by the creativity Chinese people have in reinventing rituals and our unshaken belief in materialism.