China

Through the Seasons / Four Festivals

Pure Brightness/Qing Ming Festival

Qing Ming is the only Chinese public holiday based on neither the lunar nor Gregorian calendars, but rather on solar terms. On this day, many people remember and honor the deceased by sweeping and decorating ancestral graves, burning incense and joss paper money, and making food offerings. Because it occurs just fifteen days after the Spring Equinox, picnics and kite-flying are popular ways to celebrate the holiday.

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Four Festivals