[Skip to Content]
logo Chinese Logo

Qingming

Qingming Festival
qīng míng jié

The Qingming or Ching Ming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English, is a traditional Chinese festival on the first day of the fifth solar term of the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. This makes it the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, either 4 or 5 April in a given year. Other common translations include Chinese Memorial Day and Ancestors' Day.

It is also a time for people to go outside to enjoy the spring such as having a picnic or flying a kite. In 2017 Qingming Festival falls on April 4. The three-day public holiday in China is April 3–5, 2017.

flower



Qingming Festival Customs

扫墓 – Tomb Sweeping
săo mù

tomb sweeping

Image by sina.com

荡秋千 – Swinging
dàng qiū qiān

playing soccer

Image by sina.com

蹴鞠 – Playing soccer
cù jū (ancient name of zú qiú)

Image by sina.com

放风筝 – Flying a kite
fàng fēng zheng

Image by sina.com

踏青 – Go out (have a picnic, go hiking etc.)
tà qīng

Image by sina.com