第1篇:tomb sweeping or ancestor worshipping 扫墓
the major custom in qingming festival is tomb sweeping. according to folk religion, the spirits of deceased ancestors still live underground and look after the family; the tombs are said to be their houses; thus it is very important to keep the tombs clean.
the qingming festival is spent honoring the dead, which is one of many ways good confucians demonstrate filial piety. on this day, people visit their family graves to remove any underbrush that has grown. they would uproot weeds near the gravesites, wipe the tombstones and decorate the tombstones with fresh flowers. and then they will set out offerings of food and paper money.
第2篇:spring outing 春游、踏青
not only is it a day for commemorating the dead, is it also a festival for people to enjoy themselves. during march, everything in nature takes on a new look, as trees turn green, flowers blossom, and the sun shines brightly. it is a fine time to go out and to appreciate the beautiful scenes of nature during the festival. this custom can be traced back to the tang dynasty and followed by each dynasty later till today. so visitors can be seen everywhere during the month of the festival.
spring outings not only add joy to life but also promote a healthy body and mind.
第3篇:flying kites 放风筝
flying kites is an activity favored by many people during the qingming festival. kites are not only flown at day time but also in the evening. little lanterns are tied to the kite or to the string that holds the kite. and when the kite is flying in the sky, the lanterns look like twinkling stars that add unique scenery to the sky during the night. what makes flying kites during this festival special is that people cut the string while the kite is in the sky to let it fly free. it is said this brings good luck and that diseases can be eliminated by doing this.