Home > News > Industry News

Chinese traditional festival - Tomb-Sweeping Day


Time is a thing that can not be kept, it will always let people leave, but also bring new people. It can make people old, but it brings new life. How long have you not thought about those who have left you. Tomorrow is Tomb-Sweeping Day, a traditional Chinese festival. On this day, we visit those who have passed away, talk to them about how they are doing and talk to them. The following is some introduction about Qingming Festival.


Qingming Festival has a history of more than 2500 years. In ancient times, it was also called Taqing Festival, March Festival, Ancestor Worship Festival, etc. It, together with the Hungry Ghost Festival on July 15 and the Cold Clothes Festival on the first day of October, are known as the three famous "ghost festivals" in China. Tomb-sweeping Day is one of the 24 solar terms around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar. Among the 24 solar terms, only Qingming is both a solar term and a festival.
In 2014, Qingming Festival was included in the fourth batch of national intangible cultural heritage list.


1. Sweep tombs and offer sacrifices to ancestors

In Chinese history, it has long been the custom to eat cold food and forbid fire and to offer sacrifices to the ancestors. After the Tang Dynasty, the Cold Food Festival gradually declined, so the Tomb-sweeping day became a continuous festival custom.
Gao Juqing, a poet of the Song Dynasty, also described in his poem Qingming Festival: "There are many tombs on the north and south hills. Paper ash fly as a white butterfly, tears and blood dyed red cuckoo. The fox sleeps on the tomb at sunset, and the children laugh at night before the lamp. Life has wine must be drunk, a drop has never come to nine springs." Even to today's society, people around the Tomb-sweeping Day still have the custom of going to the grave to worship ancestors: weed out, put on offerings, incense prayer on the grave, burning paper money gold ingots, or simply offer a bunch of flowers, in order to express the memory of the ancestors.

2. Plant trees
Qingming, Chunyang Zhaolin, Chunyu Feisa, planting saplings have a high survival rate, grow fast. Therefore, since ancient times, our country is clear the habit of planting trees. Some people also called Qingming Festival "Arbor Day". The custom of planting trees has been handed down to this day. In 1979, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress set March 12 as Arbor Day. It is of great significance to mobilize the people of all ethnic groups to actively carry out greening activities of the motherland.

3. Go on an outing
Also called spring outing. In ancient times, it was called Tanchun, Xunchun, etc. March Qingming, spring, nature everywhere presents a vibrant scene, it is a good time for outing. Our country folk to keep for a long time the habit of clear outing.

4. Fly a kite
It is also a popular activity during Tomb-sweeping Day. During the Qingming Festival, people not only play in the daytime,
Even at night. At night, strings of small colorful lanterns are hung under the kite or on the wind stabilizer, like twinkling stars, which are called "magic lanterns". In the past, some people put kites in the blue sky, then cut the strings, let the wind send them to the ends of the earth, it is said that this can eliminate disease and disaster, to bring their own good luck.