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QINGMING FESTIVAL

When is Qingming Festival in 2021?

Qingming Festival in 2021 is on the Monday, 5th of Apr (4/05/2021).

Qingming Festival is on the 95th day of 2021. There are 270 days left in the year.

Qingming Festival Facts

  • Date: Apr 05, 2021
  • 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
  • Fri
  • Apr 05, 2019
  • Sat
  • Apr 04, 2020
  • Mon
  • Apr 05, 2021

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01New Year's Day
WednesdayWedJan 13, 2021Jan 13Spring Festival Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 11, 2021Feb 11Spring Festival Eve
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Chinese New Year
SundaySunFeb 14, 2021Feb 14Spring Festival Holiday
MondayMonFeb 15, 2021Feb 15Spring Festival Holiday
TuesdayTueFeb 16, 2021Feb 16Spring Festival Holiday
WednesdayWedFeb 17, 2021Feb 17Spring Festival Holiday
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
FridayFriMar 12, 2021Mar 12Arbor Day
MondayMonApr 05, 2021Apr 05Qingming Festival
SaturdaySatMay 01, 2021May 01Labor Day
TuesdayTueMay 04, 2021May 04National Youth Day
TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14Dragon Boat Festival
ThursdayThuJul 01, 2021Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
SundaySunAug 01, 2021Aug 01Liberation Army Day
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21Mid-Autumn Festival
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01National Day
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02National Day Holiday
SundaySunOct 03, 2021Oct 03National Day Holiday
SaturdaySatDec 25, 2021Dec 25Christmas Day