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QUERY: Oranges on graves

011In London cemeteries oranges (Citrus sinensis) and other, smaller, citrus fruit are often placed on the graves of Chinese (?) people.  Can anyone please explain why this is done?

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Image:  grave of Yuk Man Lee, d. 22 February 1982, Streatham Park Cemetery, London Borough of Lambeth, November 2015.


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