The Ching Ming Festival

The Ching Ming Festival is also called the Youth Festival. At the turn of Zhongchun and Hunchun, the 104th day after the winter solstice, it is one of the traditional Chinese festivals and one of the most important festivals. It is the day of worshipping the ancestors and sweeping the graves.


The traditional Qingming Festival of the Chinese Han nationality began around the Zhou Dynasty and has a history of more than 2,500 years. Influenced by the Han culture, 24 ethnic minorities such as Manchu, Hezhe, Zhuang, Oroqen, Yi, Tujia, Miao, Yao, Li, Shui, Jing and Yi also have the custom of Ching Ming Festival. Although the customs of different places are not the same, it is the basic theme to sweep the tombs and worship the ancestors.


The Ching Ming Festival originally referred to the fifteen days after the spring equinox. In 1935, the government of the Republic of China made it clear that April 5 was the national holiday Ching Ming Festival, also known as the National Tomb Raid. On May 20, 2006, with the approval of the State Council, the Ching Ming Festival was included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage.


It is on Apr. 5th this year.