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Observing Tomb Sweeping Day (清明节), the Spring Festival of Remembrance

To view more photos and videos of Qingming festivities, browse the #qingming, #清明 and #清明节 hashtags on Instagram.

On the 104th day after the winter solstice, communities across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and parts of Southeast Asia observe Qingming Festival (清明节 or 清明節), also known as Tomb Sweeping Day.

A bittersweet day for many, families observe the holiday as a time to honor deceased loved ones as well as celebrate the arrival of spring. On Qingming, people visit their ancestors’ grave sites to sweep the tombs, place offerings of food and drink, burn joss papers and say prayers to remember the departed.

Literally translating to “clear bright festival,” the holiday also marks the period on the East Asian lunisolar calendar when the atmosphere becomes clear and bright, the weather warms and signs of spring start appearing. In addition to the commemoration activities, it is also a time for families to go out for picnics, enjoy kite-flying or start spring plowing to take advantage of the coming agricultural season.

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China’s Tomb-sweeping Festival (清明节)

For more photos from the Qingming Festival, check out the hashtags for #qingming, #清明节 and #清明.

104 days after the winter solstice, communities in China, Taiwan and parts of Southeast Asia observe Qingming Festival (清明节), a bittersweet holiday that commemorates deceased family members and celebrates the coming spring season.

People celebrate Qingming by paying visits to their ancestors’ grave sites where they sweep the tombs and bring offerings of food or burning joss paper. Picnics, outdoor strolls and kite-flying are also common on this day as people take in the emerging greenery of the season.

The festival was first officially observed in the Tang Dynasty under Emperor Xuanzhong in 732 CE, and has been a consistent part of Chinese art and culture ever since.