Ching Ming Festival

Ching Ming Festival is one of the 24 segments in Chinese calendar.   It normally falls on the 4th or 5th of April because it’s depended on the Cold Food Day (105 days after previous year’s winter solstice).  In the old days, Ching Ming was celebrated 3 days after the Cold Food Day but Cold Food Day was shorted to one day and then abandoned.  So nowadays, Ching Ming and Cold Food Day fall on the same day although no one celebrate Cold Food Day any more.  Ching Ming is also known as “Remembrance of Ancestors Day”  or ‘Grave Sweeping Day’. On Ching Ming, the whole family will visit their ancestors or relatives’ graves. They carry incense sticks, joss sticks and paper offerings like paper money and paper clothes and any other paper accessories.  All paper offerings will be burnt for they believe that the relatives can receive the goods and even ‘money’ this way.  Children are always asked to carry a bunch of flower.  Chrysanthemum is normally chosen so as flowers. Food like roasted suckling pig, steamed chicken, fruit and wine are offered during the ceremony and will be eaten after the worshipping. Children are offering red pieces of paper and a stone to put on top of the grave stone, as red always implies luck and they believe it brings good luck to the dead person?  In return, you are supposed to give a few dollars to the children to buy this red paper. Some superstitious people even carry willow branches with them or hang it on the front door.  It’s believed that willows help to get rid...

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