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Qingming Festival
By: Anna.Gan on 3/29/2013 2:06:20 AM Category: Culture
Tags: ,Qingming Festival, Chinese tradition, spring outing,

As Qingming Festival is coming, I would like to write something about it.

Qingming Festival is a Chinese traditional festival on the 104th day after the winter solstice. Its name denotes a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime and tend to the graves of departed ones. Not only in mainland China, but also in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, Qingming Festival is observed as a statutory public holiday. So it is also a link between China Mainland and Taiwan Province.

Qingming Festival originated from Hanshi Day, which is a memorial day for Jie Zitui. He is one loyal man in Spring and Autumn Period. It is said that he cut a piece of meat from his own leg in order to save his hungry Lord who was in a dilemma. Later, the lord became the Duke Wen of Jin, and then he wanted to reward people who helped him. However, Jie Zizui didn’t want to accept and then hid in a mountain with his mother. In order to find Jie Zitui, Wen ordered that the mountain should be set on fire. Then Jie was found dead with his mother. In order to commemorate Jie, the lord ordered that the day Jie died was Hanshi Festival - the day that only cold food could be eaten. Later, the Hanshi Festival gradually became a festival for Chinese people to visit the grave and burial grounds of their ancestors.

Qingming Festival has many different activities, such as tomb sweeping, taking a spring outing, and flying kites. Now, the Qingming Festival sees a combination of sadness and happiness. On one hand, it is the most important day of sacrifice. On the other hand, people also enjoy hope of spring on this day. The Qingming Festival is a time when the sun shines brightly, the trees and grass become green and nature is again lively. So there are many people planning their China Tours during these days. In this case, people not only pay their honor to their ancestors, but also enjoy the spring time in this fast-pace life. 

                       

                       

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