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Qing Ming Festival Pictures

I’m sure that I’ve posted about Qing Ming Festival 清明节 before, but just learned some new things this year.  Qing Ming Festival, or “Tomb Sweeping Festival” just recently became a public national holiday in 2008.  I was told by a friend that 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 off 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 these things because they think that these things will go to be with the deceased in heaven.  My friend even told me that people are now burning things such as paper iPads so that their loved ones will have things to play with as well.

Unfortunately, I had to teach on Saturday and Sunday to make up for the time that I had off Monday thru Wednesday. 

One of my students went to her hometown and she sent me some pictures that she took.  These can give you an idea of what other parts of China look like as well as what Qing Ming Festival is all about.


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