QING MING 清明节
Qing Ming 清明节
The Qing Ming Jie or Ching Ming festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English.
It is a festival that falls in early April, 106 days after the December winter solstice. Filial piety and ancestral worship are emphasised during Qing Ming.
During Qing Ming, Chinese families visit the tombs and columbaria of their ancestors to clean the gravesites, pray to their ancestors, and make ritual offerings. Offerings would typically include traditional food dishes, and the burning of joss sticks and joss paper.
In Chinese culture, it is believed that people still need all of those things in the afterlife.