April 4, Qingming Festival of China

john  —  April 4, 2012

Tomb Sweeping Day, or Qingming – which falls on April 4 this year – is a national festival stretching back more than 2,500 years for people to honor and remember their deceased loved-ones at cemeteries and memorials. It is not just a day to honor those who have passed away, but also a time to embrace life at the beginning of spring.

In our special report, we will cover the origins and customs of Qingming, the ways people pay their respect, and the innovative and increasingly green ways people commemorate the deceased on this day. The following poem by Du Mu (AD 803-852 ) depicted the fetival more than 1,000 yars ago.

A drizzling rain falls like tears on the Mourning Day;
The mourner’s heart is breaking on his way.
Where can a wine house be found to drown his sadness?
A cowherd points to Almond Flower (Xing Hua) Village in the distance.

(Blog posted by ChinaDaily on March 31, 2012. You can see the original article by following this link to ChinaDaily)