Sunday, February 13, 2011
Qingming Festival 清明节 Qīng míng jié
Pinyin: Qīng míng jié
Simplified Chinese: 清明节;
Traditional Chinese: 清明節;
Ching Ming Festival in Hong Kong,
Vietnamese language: Tết Thanh Minh),
Pure Brightness Festival or Clear Bright Festival, Ancestors Day or Tomb Sweeping Day is a traditional Chinese festival on the 104th day after the winter solstice (or the 15th day from the Spring Equinox), usually occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar (see Chinese calendar). Astronomically it is also a solar term (See Qingming).
The Qingming festival falls on the first day of the fifth solar term, named Qingming. Its name denotes a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime (踏青 Tàqīng, "treading on the greenery") and tend to the graves of departed ones.