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Why Qingming Festival is So Important to Chinese People

2016-03-24 10:49:32Share:

  The Qingming Festival is a very important day in Chinese culture.


  1. It is a very important reunion   day for mourning the dead. The Qingming Festival originated from Hanshi Day (Day with cold food only), a memorial day for Jie Zitui, a historical character who died in 636 BC in the Spring and Autumn Period. It is said that when his mater would be dying of hunger, he cut a slice of muscle from his own leg and served it to his master, thus saved the life of his master.


  It was not until the Qing Dynasty that the Hanshi Day was replaced by the Qingming Festival, which had now become an important occasion for people to offer sacrifices to their ancestors. To pay respects to their departed loved ones ,people visit their ancestors' graves in that day, during which They tidy up, remove weeds and sweep away leaves from the surface of the graves. This is why Qingming is also known as the Tomb Sweeping Day.


  2. It is undoubted a crucial season point to guide farm work. Qingming means clear and bright in Chinese and falls on April 4-6 each year. It is one of the 24 seasonal division points in China, after which the temperature will rise up and rainfall increases, and it is the high time for spring plowing and sowing. Hence, it is a busy and happy season for farmers, for they know clearly that as long as they grasp this chance tightly and appropriately, a big harvest will come in the near future.


Qingming Festival


  3. Qingming is also a day to celebrate the coming of spring, and people also enjoy hope of Spring on this day. The Qingming Festival is a time when the sun shines brightly, the trees and grass become green and nature is again lively. At this time tourists are everywhere, and all are new, clean and fresh. Since ancient times, people have followed the custom of Spring outings.


  4. The welcome transition from winter to spring represented by Qingming was an inspiration for artists. A large number of excellent works, such as paintings, poems, songs etc. are produced in this season every year. One of China's most famous works of art, Qingming Shanghetu which is now exhibited at the The Forbidden City is just produced by Zhang Zeduan during this season of the Northern Song Dynasty.


  Generally speaking , the Qingming Festival corresponds with the onset of warmer weather, the start of spring plowing, and family outings, and it is a very important season for Chinese people.

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