Do you know what QingMingJie is?
The Qingming Festival or it was known as Tomb Sweeping Day which goes back 2,500 years, happens on April 5. This day falls on the first day of the fifth solar term of the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar.
QingMing is Chinese culture where people honor their ancestors during Qingming. They celebrate and honor those who have passed, whether relatives, ancestors, or simply loved ones. The customs of Qingming Festival include tomb sweeping and offering sacrifices to ancestors, fire prohibition, eating cold food, spring-outing, tree-planting, kite-flying, willow-planting, chicken-fighting, willow-shooting, playing Cuju (a game of kicking a ball in ancient times), Silkworm Temple Fair, etc.
On this special occasion, people will drive back to their hometown to memorialize their loved one. Since it’s once a year, people will clean the place, put on food and burn incense and pray for peace and health. Normally adults will bring their child to this day. The reason to do this is to share the kindness of our ancestors with the next generation.