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[Culture Salon] Qingming has gone? Not yet in Guangdong!

2015-April-10       Source: Newsgd.com

In Guangdong Qingming lasts for 30 days from the day of “opening the grave (开墓)” to the day of “closing the grave (闭墓)”, and people can worship their ancestors any day during this period.

Tomb-sweeping in ancient days.
 

Qingming has gone?

"Of course, I just had a trip to Kaiping with 2 friends from UK during the holidays." said Matt Horn, a foreign expert in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

However, Pan Jianming, the vice director of Guangdong Folk Culture Research Associate and an expert on Cantonese folk culture, has a different answer. "No! Qingming is still on. " Pan later explained that actually in Guangdong Qingming lasts for 30 days from the day of "opening the grave (开墓)" to the day of "closing the grave (闭墓)", and people can worship their ancestors any day during this period. "Opening the grave" means to start the rituals of worshiping ancestors in front of their graves.

Then here comes the question: what is Qingming? This time newsgd.com invites Matt and Pan to share their special experiences in Qingming.

Guests:

Matt Horn

A foreign expert in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, former football journalist in UK. He has been in China since 2003.

Pan Jianming

The vice director of Guangdong Folk Culture Research Associate, also an expert on Cantonese folk culture.

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