04 Apr '11, 6am

iPad 2 sold out in the afterlife as Chinese pray for the dead via @cmswire

iPad 2 sold out in the afterlife as Chinese pray for the dead via @cmswire

Chinese families in Malaysia rush to buy paper replicas of the iPad 2 (above) to burn for their dead as part of the Qingming Festival. -- PHOTO: AFP KUALA LUMPUR - APPLE'S iPad 2 shortage has spread to the afterlife as Chinese families in Malaysia rush to buy paper replicas of the popular new gadget to burn for their dead as part of a centuries-old rite. During the Qingming festival, also known as the tomb sweeping festival, Chinese communities in Asia honour their ancestors by burning fake money or replicas of luxury items such as flashy cars and designer bags. The festival, which stems from Confucian teachings of loyalty to family and tradition, is also celebrated widely among the Chinese in Malaysia, who make up a quarter of the 28 million people in the mostly Muslim but multicultural country. 'Some of my customers have dreams where their departed relatives will ask for...

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