Qingming

Qingming, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, is an important Chinese festival.

Qing Ming is a memorial to the dead. It is the time to celebrate lost relatives. The festival can be traced back more than a thousand years.

 

To remember lost loved ones, families go tomb-sweeping ~ literally to sweep and weed the grave.

The custom falls on the first day of the fifth solar term of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. This date coincides with the beginning of Spring. For centuries Spring has been seen as the rebirth of nature. It is the time when flowers, plants and the sun emerge.

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To celebrate its arrival, Qing Ming (meaning clear and bright) is often followed by a walk in the countryside. On the walk kites are flown and firecrackers are lit.

The festivities continue with serving traditional food ~ rice balls, cakes and porridge.

And can you guess what is drunk? ?