Officials Ban Private Funeral Parties in China’s Zhejiang

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang are rolling out draconian funeral reforms targeting traditional practices around death and ancestral lineage, RFA has learned.

From Oct. 1, private wakes, which can involve days of chanting monks, the wailing of professional mourners, singers and even strippers, will be banned in certain areas of Zhejiang’s Wenzhou city.

Under a set of pilot regulations titled “Action Plan for the Reform of Traditional Customs,” the practice will be banned in the city’s Danan Street and Puxiecheng Street districts.

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