Qingming Festival 2016 – 4th April

Qingming Festival 2016

Qing – ming FestivalĀ is also known as Festival Pure Brightness Festival or Clear Bright Festival, Ancestors Day or Tomb Sweeping Day. It is when Chinese people visit the graves or burial grounds of their ancestors. Traditionally, people brought a whole rooster with them to the graves visited. Qingming has been regularly observed as a statutory public holiday in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Qingming Festival

It is a traditional Chinese festival on the 104th day after the winter solstice, usually occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar every year. Astronomically it is also a solar term. The Qingming festival falls on the first day of the fifth solar term, named Qingming. Its name denotes a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime and tend to the graves of departed ones.

The transcription of the term Qingming may appear in a number of different forms, some of which are Qingming, Qing Ming, Qing Ming Jie, Ching Ming and Ch’ing Ming Chieh.

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