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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.


Qingming Festival Customs

扫墓 – Tomb Sweeping
săo mù

tomb sweeping

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荡秋千 – Swinging
dàng qiū qiān

playing soccer

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

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放风筝 – Flying a kite
fàng fēng zheng

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

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