Now here is something for global warming. I am sure that imitation money-burning, incense-burning, and fireworks really wipe out the environment and your lungs for weeks this time of the year.
Symbolically, things are burned during sacrifices–here imitation money. But it can be incense, as well as paper houses, cars, and cans of beer. (I kid you not.).
Imitation Money Seller in Thailand Explaining the Custom (See Paper Money)
Family Burning Money in the Backyard (Typical Can)
Burning Money at Temple Procession (Imagine Breathing the Smoke)
On the Street, Not Just for Chinese New Years (Taipei)
At Home in The Country