The Most Important Day of Sacrific
Some people showtheir respects to their ancestors by laying wreaths in the front of the graves. Qingming Festivalis a traditional Chinese festival and an important day of sacrifice for most people (including the Han Chinese and China's 55 other ethnic minorities) to go and sweep tombs and commemorate their ancestors. On this day, tomb sweeping is one of the most important and popular activities to show respect to ancestors.How Do Chinese Celebrate the Qingming Festival?There are various activities for Qingming Festival. The most popular ones, including tomb sweeping, spring outings, and kite flying, and putting willow 柳树制品 branches on gates, have been an important part of this festival since the beginning.
People often participate in a sport toward off the cold and in anticipation of the arrival of spring. The festival integrates both reverence and fun through its customs.Spring Outing
Qingming Festivalis a good time to feel the breath of spring.
Qingming is also called TaqingFestival. Taqing (踏青) means a spring outing, when people get out and enjoy the spring blossoms. The festival usually falls on a day not long before everything turns green in the north, and well into the spring flower season inthe south. It marks the beginning of the season when people spend more time outside as the weather warms up.Kite FlyingFlying kites is also an important custom enjoyed by many people, young and old, during the Qingming Festival. The uniqueness of kite flying during the Qingming Festival lies in that kites are not only flown during the day but also in the evening.
Little colored lanterns are tied tothe kites or to the strings that hold the kites. When kites fly in the evening,the lanterns look like twinkling stars.
In the past, people cut the string to let the kite fly freely. People believe that this custom can bring good luck and eliminate diseases.
Kite flying is popular throughout all of China and you will see people doing it on big squares or in parks throughout the entire country.
Foods for Qingming FestivalSweet Green Rice Balls is one of the most traditional Qingming foods.
The day before Tomb Sweeping Day wasthe traditional Chinese Cold Food Day. As time passed, the two festivals were gradually combined into one. On the cold food festival day, people used nofire and only ate cold food. Now people in some places still have the custom of eating cold food on Qingming Festival.
Different places have different foods for Qingming Festival. The traditional Qingming festival foods include sweet green rice balls, peach blossom porridge, crispy cakes, Qingming snails, and eggs. These foods are usually cooked one or two days before the arrival of the Qingming Festival.
Sweet Green Rice Balls（青团）
Sweet Green Rice Balls (青团 ) are a popular Qingming food,which are made of a mixture of glutinous rice powder and green vegetable juice, and stuffed with sweetened bean paste. Sweet green rice balls are jade-green incolor, glutinous in taste, and sweet in aroma.杜牧 “清明”诗歌
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