Ching Ming Festival around the world in 2020

Ching Ming Festival around the world in 2020
  How long until Ching Ming Festival?
This holiday is today! in Taiwan.
  Dates of Ching Ming Festival around the world
2022 Various Apr 4, Apr 5, Apr 6
China Apr 4, Apr 5, Apr 6
ChinaWed, Apr 6National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaTue, Apr 5National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaMon, Apr 4National Holiday
Hong KongMon, Apr 4National Holiday
MacauMon, Apr 4National Holiday
TaiwanMon, Apr 4National Holiday
2021 Various Apr 5
ChinaMon, Apr 5National Holiday
Hong KongMon, Apr 5National Holiday
MacauMon, Apr 5National Holiday
TaiwanMon, Apr 5National Holiday
2020 Various Apr 2, Apr 4, Apr 5, Apr 6
China Apr 4, Apr 5, Apr 6
ChinaMon, Apr 6National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSun, Apr 5National Holiday (additional day)
ChinaSat, Apr 4National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Apr 4National Holiday
Macau Apr 4, Apr 6
MacauMon, Apr 6Government Holiday (additional day)
MacauSat, Apr 4National Holiday
Taiwan Apr 2, Apr 5
TaiwanSun, Apr 5National Holiday
TaiwanThu, Apr 2National Holiday
2019 Various Apr 5
ChinaFri, Apr 5National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Apr 5National Holiday
MacauFri, Apr 5National Holiday
TaiwanFri, Apr 5National Holiday
2018 Various Apr 5, Apr 6
China Apr 5, Apr 6
ChinaFri, Apr 6National Holiday
ChinaThu, Apr 5National Holiday
Hong KongThu, Apr 5National Holiday
MacauThu, Apr 5National Holiday
Taiwan Apr 5, Apr 6
TaiwanFri, Apr 6National Holiday
TaiwanThu, Apr 5National Holiday
Ching Ming is the Remembrance of Ancestors Day or Grave-Sweeping Day
  Which countries observe Ching Ming Festival in 2020?
  ChinaApr 4National Holiday
  Hong KongApr 4National Holiday
  MacauApr 4National Holiday
  TaiwanApr 2, Apr 5National Holiday

When is Ching Ming?

Ching Ming, Qingming, the Remembrance of Ancestors Day or Grave-Sweeping Day takes place on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox. This means it usually takes place on April 4th or April 5th in the western calendar.

The date of the festival is indicated on the Chinese calendar by the two characters: ching, meaning pure or clean, and ming, meaning brightness. Combined together, Ching Ming means clean and just.

This date is also indicated on traditional Japanese calendars, where their culture has a similar observance. In Korean culture, the observance is known as Hansik.

Traditions of Ching Ming

Ancestor worship is the only native religion to China. All others, including, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, were imported from outside of China. (Confucianism and Taoism originated in China but are philosophies rather than religions.)

Ching Ming rituals not only include weeding of the area, cleaning of the headstone, and replacing the wilted flowers with fresh ones, but also the lighting of incense and burning of imitation paper money. The burning of the imitation money is for the deceased to use in the afterlife.

The imitations burnt are no longer limited to just money. In recent years, the burning of paper imitations of a wide variety of consumer goods has become popular. This includes all manner of objects, such as iPhones, designer handbags, houses and sports cars.

In addition, food is laid out in front of the headstone as an offering to the spirits of the deceased.

Each family member comes in front of the headstone and bows three times with their right fist held cupped in their left hand. Some families will then eat the food at the grave site, akin to having a picnic with their deceased relatives. It is said to bring good luck to eat the food that was offered to the deceased. Some families may also set off firecrackers to scare off evil spirits and to alert the deceased relatives that they are there to pay their respects.

Today, the responsibility to hang san or ’walk the mountain’ as visiting the cemetery is commonly known, still falls to the eldest son. Today families may be more likely to prefer simplified offerings of only the incense, paper money and flowers.

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