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Holiday notice for Qingming Festival (Tomb-sweeping Day)

  • Author:Lisa Tang
  • Source:Lisaurus News
  • Release on :2017-03-31

Important Notice for Lisaurus Holiday: 
we will have 3 days holiday for Tomb-sweeping Day (called also Qingming Festival or Chingming Festival) from 2nd to 4th April 2017.

Here we also give a detailed instruction for this festival :
The Qingming or Ching Ming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English,is a traditional Chinese festival on the first day of the fifth solar term of the traditional Chineselunisolar calendar. This makes it the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, either 4 or 5 April in a given year.Other common translations include Chinese Memorial Day and Ancestors' Day.

Qingming has been regularly observed as a statutory public holiday in China. In Taiwan, the public holiday is now always observed on 5 April to honor the death of Chiang Kai-shek on that day in 1975. It became a public holiday in mainland China in 2008.
In the mainland, the holiday is associated with the consumption of qingtuan, green dumplings made of glutinous rice and barley grass. In Taiwan, the similar confection is known as caozaiguo or shuchuguo.A similar holiday is observed in the Ryukyu Islands, called Shīmī in the local language.


Origin
The present importance of the holiday is credited to the Emperor Xuanzong. Wealthy citizens in China were reportedly holding too many extravagant and ostentatiously expensive ceremonies in honor of their ancestors. In ad 732, Emperor Xuanzong sought to curb this practice by declaring that such respects could be formally paid only once a year, on Qingming.

Celebration
Qingming Festival is when Chinese people visit the columbaria, graves or burial grounds to pray to their ancestors.
The Qingming Festival is an opportunity for celebrants to remember and honour their ancestors at grave sites. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, joss paper, and/or libations to the ancestors. The rites have a long tradition in Asia, especially among farmers. Some people carry willow branches with them on Qingming or put willow branches on their gates and/or front doors. They believe that willow branches help ward off the evil spirit that wanders on Qingming.

On Qingming, people go on family outings, start the spring plowing, sing, and dance. Qingming is also a time when young couples traditionally start courting. Another popular thing to do is to fly kites in the shapes of animals or characters from Chinese opera.Another common practice is to carry flowers instead of burning paper, incense, or firecrackers.

In Chinese tea culture
The Qingming festival holiday has a significance in the Chinese tea culture since this specific day divides the fresh green teas by their picking dates. Green teas made from leaves picked before this date are given the prestigious 'pre-qingming' (清明前) designation which commands a much higher price tag. These teas are prized for having much lighter and subtler aromas than those picked after the festival.[cita

In Paiting
The famous Qingming scroll by Zhang Zeduan is an ancient Chinese painting which portrays the scene of Kaifeng city, the capital of the Song Dynasty during a Qingming festival.
Panorama of Along the River During the Qingming Festival, 12th century original by Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145)

Panorama of Along the River During the Qingming Festival, an 18th century recreation of the 12th century original



Lisaurus team will come beck to work 5th April. 
After this holiday we will have some new products for our users. such as Armor costume bulblebee transformers 5 and Walking dinosaur carDino Costume Projects also will start, which is really very important for our company.
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