Qing Ming Festival 清明节
Qing Ming festival means Clear Bright festival. Qing Ming marks the 5th solar term. It normally occurs on 5 to 6 April or 104th day after winter solstice. It is a traditional Chinese festival popular known as the tomb sweeping ceremony. This Year’s Qing Ming falls on 5th April 2019.
On and around Qing Ming, the weather is breezy and the sky is clear. It is a time for outdoor activities. Chinese use this period to clean up or repair the tomb of ancestors and pay respect. Food, tea, wine, chopsticks, joss paper and libations are offered to ancestors as a gesture of filial piety and respect. However, not all are suitable to carry out the tomb sweeping or even visit the graveyard.
Who Should Not Go for Tomb Sweeping?
1. People who are ill or in bad health.
2. Women who are pregnant should not visit the tomb site.
3. Your zodiac sign clashes with the day of event, choose another day to visit the tomb site.
Tomb sweeping should ideally be done before sunset. After tomb sweeping, it is important to cleanse yourself by sweeping your hands or body with the leaf of pomegranate immediately after leaving the tomb site.
These are some auspicious date to prayers to ancestors to seek for protection and blessings: