Qing Ming Festival is a traditional Chinese festival and an important day for most people to sweep tombs and commemorate their ancestors. It’s also called Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness in English and usually falls on April 4 or 5 annually.
In 2017 Qing Ming Festival falls on April 4. The three-day public holiday in China is April 2–4. On May 20, 2006, the festival was listed as one of the first national intangible cultural heritage events. On this day, tomb sweeping is the most important and popular activity to show respect to ancestors.
People commemorate and show respect to their ancestors by visiting their graves, and offering food, tea, wine, incense, joss paper (paper money /representing money) etc. They sweep the tombs, remove weeds, and add fresh soil to the graves, stick willow branches on the tomb, and burn incense and ‘paper money’.
They pray before their ancestors’ graves and beseech them to bless their families. However, the custom has been greatly simplified today, especially in cities, where only flowers are presented to the dead relatives.
Qing Ming is the second of 24 solar terms on the traditional Chinese solar calendar. It is also a time for people to go outside and start enjoying the greenery of spring. So it is also called Tread Green Festival.
Tread green means a spring outing, when people get out and enjoy the spring blossoms. The festival usually falls on the day not long before everything turns green in the north and well into the spring flower season in the south. It marks the beginning of the season when people spend more time outside as the weather warms up.
Ginhong company adheres to the traditional Chinese festival according to the national legal holiday (April 2–4, 2017), lets all staffs go home tomb sweeping or spring outing with their families. We know that our staffs will be with full enthusiasm into work better after the holiday.
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