Thursday, April 07, 2011

April 5, 2011 -- The Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival is a Combination of Sadness & Happiness

The Qingming Festival is the most important day of sacrifice. It is a time to honor ancestors who have passed away. On each Qingming Festival, cemeteries are crowded with family members who come to sweep tombs and offer sacrifices. In contrast to the sadness of the tomb sweepers, people also enjoy the hope of Spring on this day. The Qingming Festival is a time when the sun shines brightly, the trees and grass become green and nature is again lively. People love to fly kites during the Qingming Festival and during this festival people fly kites not only during the day, but also at night. A string of little lanterns tied onto the kite or the thread look like shining stars, and therefore, are called "god's lanterns".

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