Tomb Sweeping Day is one of the few traditional Chinese holidays that follows the solar calendar– typically falling on April 4, 5, or 6. Its Chinese name is “Qing Ming” literally means “Clear Brightness,” hinting at its importance as a celebration of Spring. Similar to the spring festivals of other cultures, Tomb Sweeping Day celebrates the rebirth of nature, while marking the beginning of the planting season and other outdoor activities.
The Tomb Sweeping Day in Ancient Times
In ancient times, people celebrated Qing Ming Jie with dancing, singing, picnics, and kite flying. Colored boiled eggs would be broken to symbolize the opening of life. In the capital, the Emperor would plant trees on the palace grounds to celebrate the renewing nature of spring. In the villages, young men and women would court each other.
The Tomb Sweeping Day as Celebrated Today With the passing of time, this celebration became a day to honor the past ancestors. Following folk religion, the Chinese people believed that the spirits of deceased ancestors looked after their family, sacrifices of food and “paper money” could keep them happy, then they would bless the family prosper through good harvests and have more children.
Today, Chinese visit their family graves to tend to any underbrush that has grown, remove the weeds, swept away the dirt, and set out offerings of foods and burning “paper money”.
Up to now, the custom of obeisance ancestry and grieve over those already died relatives on Tomb Sweeping Day are still very widely accepted.
Out Best Technology will have our Tomb Sweeping day holiday from today till Apr 5. And back on Apr 6. Hope everybody have a nice weekend and enjoy life better.