Sunday, April 5, 2009

Qing Ming Festival

This weekend was another Chinese holiday called Qing Ming Festival. Here is an explanation of what it means. For us it means a day off of work for Scott and that's about it.

Taken from a random email I got:

"Qing Ming Festival is directly translated as Clear and Bright Festival. It is one of the important traditional Festivals in China; it is a statutory public holiday in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan which falls on April 4th. As April 4th is Saturday this year, companies will take off the previous Friday or following Monday to make a 3-day weekend. Sometimes also called Tomb Sweeping Festival in English as it is for tending to the graves of departed ancestors. Family members will take food, tea, wine, paper accessories, fake money, and chopsticks to tombs as offerings to the souls of their ancestors. They will sweep the tomb, and pray. Some people also carry willow branches with them to help ward off the evil ghosts wandering around.Qingming Festival is also to mark the 1st day of the 5th solar term, and therefore a time to get out of the house and enjoy the new beginning of spring."

1 comment: said...

It will never replace Cinco de Mayo!