This past Tuesday, the 5th of April marked the day of Ching Ming, Qingming - the Remembrance of Ancestors Day, which occurs on the 15th day following the Spring Equinox. Its’ date, like many other Chinese festivals, is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar.
The Qingming festival has been celebrated for over 2500 years among Chinese communities and represents an important occasion to spend quality time with loved ones and family. Qingming festival can also be known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, in which families take the day off to visit and honour their ancestors at their gravesites.
During Ching Ming, families all come together to worship their ancestors by the cleaning of the headstones - weeding the area and laying fresh flowers. Families then proceed to spend the day together, celebrating with a picnic with their deceased relatives, as it is said to bring good luck to eat the food that was offered to the deceased. The occasion is also celebrated by the lighting of incense and burning of imitation paper money - for the deceased to use in the afterlife.
Spending quality time with loved ones and family members is at the centre of the Qingming festival. Qingming brings together families from across the country to visit their ancestors and celebrate their lives. It is a day for family members to come together and be outdoors - enjoying the better weather that comes with the start of Spring.
As a family owned business, we at Rapport London cherish festivals such as Ching Ming as they bring families together.
We want to wish you all a Happy Ching Ming from everyone at Rapport London!