The Chinese county of Funing in Yunnan Province has banned birthday parties, house openings and other celebrations in response to the central government’s thrifty proposals.
In addition, the county will limit the value of gifts given at weddings to 200 yuan and force funerals to last no longer than three days.
This ordinance applies to all members of the Communist Party, as well as officials and governments of towns and villages who have collected the South China Morning Post.
This new legislation is in line with the Chinese government’s 2016 proposal to “Simplify Weddings and Funerals” in order to achieve a “more civilized and cleaner” society.
In the Asian country it is a tradition that guests offer gifts and money to the bride and groom or the families of the deceased. Occasionally, however, these gifts have camouflaged bribes, according to the aforementioned media.
With these new regulations, senior officials and officials are required to inform the government of the characteristics of the event such as the time, location, capacity and cost of the organization. All of these documents must be delivered before the ten days of the celebration.
Under the new law, a wedding banquet cannot exceed 20 tables or 200 guests, and the price of the place setting must also be below 50 yuan (almost 6.5 euros) if it is celebrated in a restaurant, or 300 yuan (38 euros) ) when kept in a house. On the other hand, the number of vehicles used in the event must not exceed ten.
Weddings and funerals are considered indicators of the host’s social status in China, and for some time now the Asian country’s government has been focusing on its extravagance.