清明节 The Tomb Sweeping Day
The tomb sweeping day is one of the traditional festivals in China. On April 5th, people start to visit their ancestors’ tombs. Generally speaking, people will bring the home-made food, some fake money and paper-made mansion to their ancestors. When they start to honour their ancestor, they will light up some candles and incense, put some flowers around the tombs. The most important thing is to put the home-made food in front of the tombs. The food, also known as sacrifices, is usually made up with a chicken, a fish and some pork. It’s a symbol of the offspring’s respect to the ancestors. People believe that the forbears will share the food with them. The children dedicate the food and money to their forbears in order to show their love and caring. The young offspring will go down on their knees and pray for their ancestors. They can say their wishes in front of the tombs and the ancestors will make their dreams come true.
In some provinces of China, people use different activities to commemorate this day, for instance, spring-outing, swinging, tree planting and making special food. One special food is Ay Tsao rice balls. It looks like Tang-yuan, but its colour is green. Mix the ay tsao juice with the rice powder, then make it into small balls. The Ay Tsao rice ball is done. People believe that eating ay tsao rice balls can get rid of the bad luck and everything will go smoothly. Other activities such as spring outing, tree planting are the other ways to commemorate the forbears. For one thing, it is a sign that people should look into the future and embrace the hope; for another thing, we do hope our ancestor rest in peace.
The Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival is one of the 24 seasonal division points in China,falling on April 4-6 each year.After the festival,the temperature will rise up and rainfall increases.It is the high time for spring plowing and sowing.But the Qingming Festival is not only a seasonal point to guide farm work,it is more a festival of commemoration.
This is the most important day of sacrifice.Both the Han and minority ethnic groups at this time offer sacrifices to their ancestors and sweep the tombs of the diseased.Also,they will not cook on this day and only cold food is served.
The Hanshi (Cold Food) Festival was usually one day before the Qingming Festival.As our ancestors often extended the day to the Qingming,they were later combined.
On each Qingming Festival,all cemeteries are crowded with people who came to sweep tombs and offer sacrifices.Traffic on the way to the cemeteries becomes extremely jammed.The customs have been greatly simplified today.After slightly sweeping the tombs,people offer food,flowers and favorites of the dead,then burn incense and paper money and bow before the memorial tablet.
Rain, pedestrians deep sorrow ... ..." Ching Ming Festival is coming, people with a sad mood to the cemetery. The heavens seem to understand people's heart, also cry. The wicker also lowered his head ... ... Ah! The qingming festival really makes people sad!
Our family with firecrackers, paper money ... ... With a sad heart came to the cemetery, a door, he saw the huge crowds of people, hear the deep, found a place, we started sweeping the grave.
The father lit a candle, it is placed in front of the monument, after a moment, father and pick up a piece of clean towel seriously to wipe up the stone, every word polished. Suddenly I found another stone is tied with a ribbon, I feel very strange, and I also bought a piece of writing ", in the" red belt on the stone, it is to rely on our memory of their loved ones. Then, my mother cooked a paper money, his mouth still muttering incantations, hope she can well, and bless our family happiness! Finally, we also kowtowed, set off firecrackers.
on my way home, I thought: "I must study hard, live up to the expectations of my relatives who died!文章来自www.aiwenbi.com