(DALIANNEWS)- Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is one of the important traditional festivals in China, and often falls on April 4-6 each year. Originating in the Zhou Dynasty, Qingming Festival has a history of over 2,500 years. It is a time for remembering loved ones who have departed. On that day, people visit their ancestors' graves to sweep away the dirt.
It is also one of the Chinese 24 solar terms. Upon the arrival of Qingming, the temperature begins to rise and rainfall increases, making it a good time for spring ploughing and spring planting.
Qingming is not only a seasonal symbol, but also a festival of paying respect to the dead, a spring outing, and other activities.
Customs of Qingming Festival:
Tomb sweeping is regarded as the most important custom in the Qingming Festival. Today, it advocates to present flowers to pay respects to the past relatives. No matter how the sacrifice way is, good prayers for the deceased are expressed.
Qingming always falls on early April when it begins to turn warm, and everything in nature takes on a new look, as trees turn green, flowers bloom, and the sun shines brightly. It is such a good time to go out for a walk. Spring outings not only add joy to life but also promote a healthy body and mind.
Swinging is a sport that the player swings back and forth with a tread plate hung on a frame by long ropes. People especially the children love much. It is a folk activity performed during the Qingming Festival.
People love to flying kites during the Qingming Festival. Most kites have a rectangular shape. The rest are patterned as crabs, centipedes, butterflies and dragonflies, or Chinese characters such as "fortune" or "longevity". What makes flying kites during this festival special is that people cut the string while the kite is in the sky to let it fly free. It is said this brings good luck and diseases can be eliminated by doing this.