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QINGMING FESTIVAL

When is Qingming Festival in 2019?

Qingming Festival in 2019 is on the Friday, 5th of Apr (4/05/2019).

Qingming Festival is on the 95th day of 2019. There are 270 days left in the year.

Qingming Festival Facts

  • Date: Apr 05, 2019
  • National
  • Also Called: Ching Ming Festival, Qingming Jie
  • Celebrations: Pay homage to the ancestors, Cleaning the graves, Burning Joss Paper
Qingming Festival iImage Credit: wikiPedia

Ching Ming Festival, known as Qingming in Chinese, is celebrated in China, Taiwan, Hong-Kong and Macau. The festival is celebrated in the fifth solar term of the Chinese calendar, which usually falls around first week of April according to the Gregorian calendar. The festival commemorates the on-set of spring and is the time when people remember their ancestors by visiting their graves.

The festival is said to have originated from Hanshi Day, a day of having only cold food in remembrance of Jie Zitui. Jie was the person who helped Wen during his period of exile before he became the duke. Folklore has it that once when Wen had nothing to eat, Jie cut a piece of meat from his own thigh and cooked it for Wen. Pleased with the dedication of Jie, Wen promised to reward him someday. However, when he became the Duke, he forgot to reward Jie. Feeling guilty for not keeping his promise, Wen went to the forest in search of Jie, and when he couldn't find him, he ordered his troops to set the forest on fire to force out Jie. Jie died in the fire along with his mother. In order to repent for his mistake and in memory of this friend, Wen then ordered cooking without fire for three days.

Another possible story associated with the origin of this festival goes back to more than 2000 years ago. In the olden days, the Chinese people used to spend extravagantly in order to pay homage to the dead. In order to curb this extravagant spending, Emperor Xuanzong in 732 ordered that homage to the dead can only be paid on Qingming. Hence, the festival was established.

The Qingming festival is a day for the Chinese to remember the dead. The Chinese people visit the tomb of the dead on this day and offer food items, willow branches, accessories and other things to the dead. This ritual stems from a long held belief of life after death in the Chinese. People also put willow branches on the main gates of their house to ward off evil on this day. Other than that, families can be seen enjoying a picnic. Gifting flowers to each other instead of bursting firecrackers is another tradition associated with this day.

This day is also significant with respect to the tea culture in the Chinese. Tea leaves picked before the Qingming festival are considered premium leaves and sold at a much higher rate than other tea leaves.

Qingming Festival Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sun
  • Apr 05, 2009
  • Qingming Festival
  • Mon
  • Apr 05, 2010
  • Qingming Festival
  • Tue
  • Apr 05, 2011
  • Qingming Festival
  • Wed
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • Qingming Festival
  • Thu
  • Apr 04, 2013
  • Sat
  • Apr 05, 2014
  • Sun
  • Apr 05, 2015
  • Mon
  • Apr 04, 2016
  • Tue
  • Apr 04, 2017
  • Thu
  • Apr 05, 2018

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
TuesdayTueJan 02, 2018Jan 02New Year's Day Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2018Feb 15Spring Festival Starts
FridayFriFeb 16, 2018Feb 16Chinese New Year
SaturdaySatFeb 17, 2018Feb 17Spring Festival Ends
ThursdayThuMar 08, 2018Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
MondayMonMar 12, 2018Mar 12Arbor Day
ThursdayThuApr 05, 2018Apr 05Qingming Festival
TuesdayTueMay 01, 2018May 01Labor Day
FridayFriMay 04, 2018May 04National Youth Day
FridayFriJun 01, 2018Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
MondayMonJun 18, 2018Jun 18Dragon Boat Festival
SundaySunJul 01, 2018Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
WednesdayWedAug 01, 2018Aug 01Liberation Army Day
MondayMonSep 24, 2018Sep 24Mid-Autumn Festival
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01National Day
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02National Day Holiday
MondayMonOct 08, 2018Oct 08National Day Holiday Ends
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas Day