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The Qingming Festival: A Guide to the Customs and History

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Uncover the unlikely history behind this lesser-known festival and delve into the customs associated with a traditional Chinese funeral.

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At MP Chinese, we host a Chinese culture seminar every Thursday, where we delve into a different aspect of Chinese culture or history. If it's your first time joining us, then this seminar is completely FREE!

In this week's seminar, we'll be taking a closer look at one of the more unusual festivals in the Chinese calendar, known as the Qingming Festival or sometimes internationally as the Tomb Sweeping Festival. This festival is so-named because it takes place during the "qingming" (清明) or "clear and bright" period according to the Chinese lundar calendar, which roughly correlates with early to mid April in our Gregorian calendar.

During the first half of the seminar, we'll delve into the customs associated with a traditional Chinese funeral and examine the modern-day attitudes that Chinese people have towards death. We'll also begin our journey of discovery by taking a look at the Cold Food Festival (寒食节), which served as a precursor to the Qingming Festival.

In the second half, we'll discuss the foods and customs associated with the Qingming Festival, which aren't as morbid as you might imagine! In many ways, the Qingming Festival nowadays is a time for families to gather together, venerate their ancestors, and enjoy a day out. This is reflected in undoubtedly one of the greatest works of Chinese art, which is known as Along the River at Qingming Festival by Zhang Zeduan.

Why not join us and discover everything you need to know about this intimate Chinese festival?

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