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A shopping mall in the Philippines used joss paper for its festive decorations during the Chinese New Year.

They were seen to be hung together with decorative red pineapples, which symbolise good wealth, luck and prosperity.

The post was first shared on Facebok on 16th February 2018 by Apian Tan and instantly garnered more than a thousand shares and a slew of comments and reactions.

The pictures of these decorations went viral on the Internet and attracted the attention of netizens immediately, both Filipinos and abroad. Despite the particular joss paper used is known as tian gong jin (天公金), which is typically burnt as an offering to the deity, many felt that it was offensive, inappropriate and disrespectful.

After receiving massive backlash and disapproval from the public, the shopping mall, Ayala Malls The 30th, made their official statement:

Happy New Year! We wanted to respond to concerns regarding the decoration used by a bazaar organizer that leased our…

Posted by Ayala Malls The 30th on Friday, 16 February 2018

Traditionally and historically, joss Paper, also known as ghost or spirit money, are sheets of paper that are burned in traditional Chinese deity or ancestor worship ceremonies during special holidays. Joss paper is also burned in traditional Chinese funerals.

 

The online community also had mixed reactions. While some called for measures to be taken against the organisers of the bazaar, others thought that they should be off the hook after admitting their mistake and rectifying it as soon as possible.

Happy New Year! We wanted to respond to concerns regarding the decoration used by a bazaar organizer that leased our…

Posted by Ayala Malls The 30th on Friday, 16 February 2018

Amidst widespread displeasure, the mall announced that it has removed the joss paper decorations as it was inauspicious and rather rude.

Simultaneously, many suggested that the organisers should have used red packets instead.

 

 

 

 

 

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