I’m sure that I’ve posted about Qing Ming Festival 清明节 before, but since it just happened, I thought I’d write about it. Qing Ming Festival, or “Tomb Sweeping Festival” just became a public national holiday in 2008. People asked the government to make it a public national holiday because they wanted the time off of work to pay homage to their ancestors.
People use these three days to travel back to their hometown and sweep their ancestor’s tombs, place flowers there, clean it up, pray, and burn paper money, clothes, and trinkets. They burn paper things because they believe that these things will go to be with the deceased in heaven. My friend even told me that people are now burning things like paper iPads so that their loved ones will have things to play with in heaven.
Unfortunately, I had to teach on Saturday and Sunday to make up for the time that I had off Monday thru Wednesday. Seven straight days of teaching is not fun.
One of my students went to her hometown and she sent me some pictures that she took. These pictures can give you an idea of what Qing Ming Festival is all about.