Tomb-Sweeping Day in Pictures: Chinese Honor Ancestors and Spring

The whole area is littered with spirit money and trash after the celebrations are over. (Image: oeee.com)
The whole area is littered with spirit money and trash after the celebrations are over. (Image: oeee.com)

The Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day takes place every year from April 4 to 6, and is also known as the Pure Brightness Festival.

It’s an important national holiday when families gather to honor the dead, and celebrate the arrival of spring

These photos were taken in Shunde in Guangdong Province, and show some of the rituals performed by Chinese people, such as looking after the graves of the deceased, and burning paper effigies in their memory.

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The cemeteries are full of people remembering the dead. (Image: oeeee.com)

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Traffic jams build up. (Image: oeee.com)

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Burning firecrackers. (Image: oeee.com)

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The roads are crowded during this national holiday. (Image: oeee.com)

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Burning incense. (Image: oeee.com)

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Burning paper money. (Image: oeee.com)

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The air can get very smoky! (Image: oeee.com)

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Making offerings at graves. (Image: oeee.com)

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Sanitation workers clean up after a grass fire got out of hand. (Image: oeee.com)

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A mourning message board. (Image: oeee.com)

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