Ching Ming: Hong Kong’s Tomb-Sweeping Day
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The Ching Ming Festival (清明節) is the day on which families come together to pay respect to their ancestors by visiting graves and making offerings.
Ching Ming is one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. Also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, cing1 ming4 zit3 (清明節) literally means Pure Brightness Festival. It is the day on which the living honour the dead, and has been a significant holiday since the Zhou dynasty (1046-256 BC).
During this ancient festival, which falls in the third lunar month of the Chinese calendar, families gather together to clean their ancestors’ tombs, burn incense and ghost money, make food offerings, share a meal, and more.
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