Qingming Festival
The Qingming Festival or Ching Ming Festival meaning Clear and Bright Festival, is a traditional Chinese festival on the 104th day after the winter solstice. Its name denotes a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime , and also to tend to the graves of departed ones.
Where :
Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
When :
Qingming festival is celebrated on 104th day after the winter solstice (or the 15th day from the Spring Equinox), usually occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar (see Chinese calendar). Every leap year, Qing Ming is on April 4. Astronomically, it is also a solar term . In solar terms, the Qingming festival is on the 1st day of the 5th solar term, which is also named Qingming.
More Details :
Qingming is a statutory public holiday in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. It has long been a public holiday in the latter three jurisdictions, but became a public holiday in mainland China in 2008 for the first time since 1949.

The transcription of the term Qingming may appear in a number of different forms, some of which are:
  • Qingming
  • Qing Ming Jie
  • Qing Ming Jie
  • Ching Ming
  • Ching Ming Chieh

For the Chinese, it is a day to remember and honor one's ancestors at grave sites. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, (joss) paper accessories, and/or libation to the ancestors. The rites are very important to most Chinese and especially farmers. Some people carry willow branches with them on Qingming, or put willow branches on their gates and/or front doors. They think that willow branches help ward off the evil ghosts that wander on Qingming. Also on Qingming, people go on family outings, start the spring plowing, sing, dance, and Qingming is a time where young couples start courting. Another popular thing to do is fly kites (in shapes of animals, or characters from Chinese opera).
Images :
China Lunar New Year Burning paper gifts for the departed.
References :
Wikipedia : Qingming Festival
See the days on which Qingming Festival is celebrated :

Qing Ming Festival

Year Month Day Day of Week
2008 April 04 Friday
2009 April 04 Saturday
2010 April 05 Monday
2011 April 05 Tuesday
2012 April 04 Wednesday
2013 April 04 Thursday
2013 April 05 Friday
2013 April 06 Saturday
2014 April 05 Saturday
2014 April 06 Sunday
2014 April 07 Monday
2015 April 04 Saturday
2015 April 05 Sunday
2015 April 06 Monday
Related Holidays :
New Year's Day Labor Day Chinese Lunar New Year Qing Ming Festival
Dragon Boat Festival National Day Mid-Autumn Festival  
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