Thousands will crowd temples, cemeteries and grave sites to celebrate this year’s Qingming Festival. The festival, also known as the Pure Brightness Festival, Clear Bright Festival, Ancestors Day, or Tomb Sweeping Day, lands of Wednesday April 4th this year.
This Chinese festival was initially important for its solar significance, as the day lands on the first day of the fifth solar term of the year. The occasion marks the beginning of spring, but these days, a greater focus of the Qingming Festival has been on honoring one’s ancestors.
For many, the festival is about upholding tradition, reminiscing on the past and remembering one’s ancestors. For some, it’s about a hearty meal spent with extended family, about passing a “clan’s”
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