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Words of the Day: Qingming (clear and bright)

Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 清明, qīng míng (clear and bright). 清明节, the Clear and Bright festival, falls on April 5th this year. This is a day marked by tomb sweeping and spring outings. People spent the day visiting their ancestors' graves, pulling up the weeds around the grave, and bringing fresh flowers to the graves. In recent years, people mostly spend the day going hiking, walking and be out of the crowded city.

You can read about the origin of the Clear and Bright Festival in Legends of Ten Chinese Traditional Festivals

 

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