Qingming Festival

Public holiday in China

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Qingming Festival: Public holiday in China
The Qingming or Ching Ming festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English, is a traditional Chinese festival observed by the Han Chinese of Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and by the Chitty of Malaysia and Singapore. It falls on the first day of the fifth solar term of the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. This makes it the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, either 4, 5 or 6 April in a given year. During Qingming, Chinese families visit the tombs of their ancestors to clean the gravesites, pray to their ancestors, and make ritual offerings. Offerings would typically include traditional food dishes, and the burning of joss sticks and joss paper. The holiday recognizes the traditional reverence of one's ancestors in Chinese culture.


China's Wuhan marks quiet Tomb-Sweeping Festival [Video]

China's Wuhan marks quiet Tomb-Sweeping Festival

Coronavirus has changed China's Tomb-Sweeping Festival this year, above all in Wuhan. Usually millions of families travel to tend ancestral graves, but on Saturday (April 4) cemetery workers performed..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

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