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Tomb Sweeping Day/Qingming Festival of China
According to Chinese culture, Qingming Festival (known as Tomb Sweeping Day) is both a Chinese solar term and a festival which falls on the 105th day after the Winter solstice. It is said that Chinese traditional Qingming Festival originated from Zhou Dynasty and has enjoyed a history of more than 2500 years. The Tomb Sweeping day is an important day of sacrifice and sweeping the tomb of ancestors, which we call Shangfen. Since temperature rise gradually around the Tomb Sweeping Day, it is a good farming and outing time as well. The so-called Cold Food Festival/ Hanshi Festival have been combined with Qingming Festival into one. The customs on Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) are plentiful and interesting, including tomb sweeping, hiking, riding on the swing, cuju and polo playing, willow shoots planting and wearing, etc.
Spring comes and the nature is full of vigor around Qingming Festival. So it is a good time for hiking, which has been kept for long. Hiking in Chinese is also called Taqing and Chunyou (spring outing). The famous Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (Qingming Shanghe Tu) by Zhang Zeduan of Song Dynasty just portrays a vivid bustling scene around Bianjing (present Kaifeng in Henan Province). More than 550 people, more than 50 livestock, more than 20 ships and more than 20 vehicles can be clearly seen on the picture. The grand occasion at that time can be imagined. However, the hiking festival in China differs in date in different places. Fujian District: February 2 in Chinese Lunar Calendar; Shaanxi District: March 3; Beijing and North China: May 5. Being a meaningful and healthy custom, hiking has been passed down throughout the ages.
--- By Haphine (VisitOurChina)
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