April 5 - Qingming Festival in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong

 Posted on April 5, 2022

This is an update of my post published on April 5, 2011:

Today's holiday is sometimes called Ching MingClear Bright FestivalAncestors' Day, or Tomb-Sweeping Day

It is a festival that has been celebrated for more than 2,500 years—although Communist China repealed the holiday from 1949 to 2008. Families honor their ancestors at grave sites, praying, sweeping the tombs, and making offerings of food, drinks, chopsticks, or other items. Some families also enact rituals or burn “spirit money” and drawings of cars, homes, phones, and servants; these paper versions of things people believe will be needed in the afterlife are delivered to the dead ancestors by being burned.

Nowadays, some families fly kites on this festival day.

How do you and your family honor ancestors? You, too, could go to a graveyard to tend the graves of departed family members, and you could look at old photos and remember anecdotes about grandparents or great-grandparents or...

Some families don't know much about their history—so consider doing some research on genealogy to find out more.

Of course, genealogical research is easier for some folks than for others. If your ancestors were enslaved or conquered - if they were refugees fleeing from a war or victims of a natural disaster - it's possible that you won't be able to find records after a certain point. To know a bit about your ancestry from farther back, if you find yourself in this situation, you could consider doing a DNA test. 

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