Qing Ming Festival

Spring 2016 China 113

Everything you need to honor your ancestors for Tomb Sweeping Day.

I don’t think it’s as festive as Day of the Dead because I had a friend who’s living in Australia tell me that when he returned to China last week, he was shocked to learn that his grandmother had died in November. He’d asked about her periodically and was told she was fine.

When he got home last week for Tomb Sweeping Festival he learned that she’d died and his family lied because they didn’t want to trouble him. (He wasn’t studying for an exam, didn’t have any special deadlines or projects that they might feel he shouldn’t be distracted from.) He said he was overcome with sorrow as he went to clean her tomb.


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