The Chinese Qingming Festival literally translates to “Pure Brightness Festival” and falls on April 4, 5 and 6 in the Western calendar. Also called the Tomb Sweeping Festival, it is traditionally a time of celebrating the arrival of spring and remembering the dead by rituals such as burning paper gifts and tending to the graves of departed ones.
During the Qingming Festival, families spend time outdoors and enjoy the early spring weather together.
Qingming is also a significant date for tea culture, as it divides the date between green tea picking. The tea picked before Qingming is called Mingqian tea, and is famous for its tender buds and fragrant bouquet.
A famous Tang Dynasty poet, Du Mu, penned this poem around the festival time:
It drizzles endlessly during the rainy season in spring,
Travelers along the road look gloomy and miserable.
When I ask a shepherd boy where I can find a tavern,
He points at a distant hamlet nestling amidst apricot blossoms.
Translated by Yang Xianyi
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