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QINGMING FESTIVAL

When is Qingming Festival in 2023?

Qingming Festival in 2023 is on the Wednesday, 5th of Apr (4/05/2023).

Qingming Festival is on the 95th day of 2023. There are 270 days left in the year.

Qingming Festival Facts

  • Date: Apr 05, 2023
  • National
  • Also Called: Ching Ming Festival, Qingming Jie
  • Celebrations: Pay homage to the ancestors, Cleaning the graves, Burning Joss Paper
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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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 31, 2022Jan 31Spring Festival Eve
TuesdayTueFeb 01, 2022Feb 01Chinese New Year
WednesdayWedFeb 02, 2022Feb 02Spring Festival Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 03, 2022Feb 03Spring Festival Holiday
FridayFriFeb 04, 2022Feb 04Spring Festival Holiday
SaturdaySatFeb 05, 2022Feb 05Spring Festival Holiday
SundaySunFeb 06, 2022Feb 06Spring Festival Holiday
TuesdayTueMar 08, 2022Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 12, 2022Mar 12Arbor Day
TuesdayTueApr 05, 2022Apr 05Qingming Festival
SundaySunMay 01, 2022May 01Labor Day
WednesdayWedMay 04, 2022May 04National Youth Day
WednesdayWedJun 01, 2022Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
FridayFriJun 03, 2022Jun 03Dragon Boat Festival
FridayFriJul 01, 2022Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
MondayMonAug 01, 2022Aug 01Liberation Army Day
SaturdaySatSep 10, 2022Sep 10Mid-Autumn Festival
SaturdaySatOct 01, 2022Oct 01National Day
SundaySunOct 02, 2022Oct 02National Day Holiday
MondayMonOct 03, 2022Oct 03National Day Holiday
TuesdayTueOct 04, 2022Oct 04National Day Holiday
WednesdayWedOct 05, 2022Oct 05National Day Holiday
ThursdayThuOct 06, 2022Oct 06National Day Holiday
FridayFriOct 07, 2022Oct 07National Day Holiday
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas Day

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DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonFeb 14, 2022Feb 14Valentine's Day
SundaySunMay 08, 2022May 08Mother's Day
FridayFriJun 03, 2022Jun 03National Donut Day
SundaySunJun 19, 2022Jun 19Father's Day