Over 10,000 Yeh family members gather for Tomb Sweeping Festival

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Photo courtesy of Taoyuan City government

Photo courtesy of Taoyuan City government

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) More than 10,000 people with the surname Yeh (葉) paid tribute to their ancestors at their ancestral family shrine in Taoyuan on Thursday for Tomb Sweeping Festival.

In what has become an annual gathering, descendants came to the shrine in Xinwu District from all over the world, including the United States, Cananda, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, to bow with joss sticks in hand and pay their respects.

According to the Yeh Clan Association, their lineage goes back to Yeh Chun-jih (葉春日), who came to Taiwan from China in 1735, when the nation was ruled by the Qing Dynasty.

Yeh Chun-jih had five sons who lived in the Xinwu area, from whom the Yeh family grew into the huge clan it is today.

There are now more than 2,000 urns carefully stored in a five-tier columbarium for clan members who have passed away.

The number of descendants who attended on Thursday is 2,000 more than the number who showed up over the past two years.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Kuan-lin Liu)

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