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Qing Ming Festival Traditions


Qing Ming Festival is also called Tome-sweeping Day. Tomb - sweeping Day is from Chinese lunar calendar There is no a fixed day for this day. It is similar to the west All Souls’ Day. Tomb-sweeping Day is a Chinese traditional festival to honor the dead and dearly departed by sweeping tomb. More important, it’s a period that pay respect to one’s deceased ancestors and family members. That is because, filial piety is rigidly observed by traditional family.

Literally meaning “clear” (Qing) and “bright” (Ming), this Chinese festival falls in early spring.

This is the most important day of sacrifice. Not only Han ethnic groups offer sacrifice to their ancestors and sweep the tombs of the deceased both also most of other ethnics groups do. The tomb-sweep custom has been greatly simplified today. After slightly sweeping the tombs, people offer the food, flowers and favorites of the dead. Then, burn incense and paper money and bow before the memorial tomb.

Cook is inhibited on that day and only cold foods is served.

In contrast to the sadness of tomb sweepers, people also enjoy the beauty of spring on this day. Nature is gain lively again after long tedious, dull and cold winter. Climate is temperate and the sun shine is bright. The grass and tree turns green. The custom spring outing has been followed since the ancient time. Tourists are everywhere.

The mild climate with breeze is suite to fly kites during the Qing Ming Festival. Flying kites is not limited to that day. However, a string of lanterns are often tied onto the kites which look like shining stars.


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