Origin of Qingming Festival

   Qingming Festival, also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day, is one of the 24 seasonal division points in China, falling on April 4-6 each year, between spring plowing and summer weeding, and is a time to pay respects to one's ancestors and to tidy their gravesite.

   The Qingming Festival was officially created by the Emperor Tang Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty in 732, but the practice of the custom of Hanshi (Cold Food Festival) which was combined with the Qingming Festival about 300 years ago, was started during the Zhou Dynasty, and has a history of over 2500 years.

   In 2008, Qingming Festival was established as an official holiday in mainland China.


   Tomb Sweeping Day is an important festival to Cantonese . It is a traditional time when Cantonese pay their respects to the deceased and ancestors as well as a time for family reunion. People living or working far away from their families will begin preparing their journey home before the festival.

   On this day, whole families, young and old, will go to the gravesite of deceased family members to sweep the tombs, burn incense and perform a ritual offering while clearing away plant overgrowth from the gravesite.

   However, in recent years, many young people like to bring fresh flowers to pay their respect to ancestors.




White Chrysanthemum

A Bunch of Flowers













   In Cantonese tradition, four essential offerings will be prepared on Qingming Festival, namely Roast Suckling Pigs, fresh fruit such as apple and sugar cane, incense, paper money and cakes.


Roast Suckling Pig




Sugar Cane


Spiral Shell
Thin Pancake Roll
Po Zi Guo

Spring outings Flying kites Swinging Planting trees






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