Our China’s Qing Ming festival, also called tomb-sweeping day has just passed. It began around the Zhou Dynasty(1046-256BC)with a history of more than 2,500 years.
The following is some information I want to share with you about this festival:
Source of Qing Ming Festival:
Qing Ming is popularly associated with Jie Zi Zhui, who lived in Shanxi province, China in 600 B.C. Legend has it that Jie saved his starving lord’s life by serving a
piece of his own leg. When the lord succeeded in becoming the ruler of a small principality, he invited his faithful follower to join him. However, Jie declined his
invitation, preferring to lead a hermit’s life with his mother in the mountains.
Believing that he could force Jie out by burning the mountain, the lord ordered his men to set the forest on fire. To his consternation, Jie chose to remain where
he was and was burnt to death. To commemorate Jie, the lord ordered all fires in every home to be put out on the anniversary of Jie’s death. Thus began the “cold
food feast”, a day when no food could be cooked since no fire could be lit.
The “cold food” festival occurs on the eve of Qing Ming and is often considered as part of the Qing Ming festival. As time passes, the Qing Ming festival replaced
the “cold food” festival.
Customs of Ching Ming Festival:
And in this festival, Tomb Sweeping is the most important custom. During the three-day holiday, many Chinese people accompany their families to sweep tombs
as a way of honoring their ancestors. The ritual always includes presenting food, tea, wine, incense and joss paper to the deceased at cemeteries.
Finally, Hope you everything well. Thank you!