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Tomb Sweeping Day

Today is ,the fifth term of our twenty-four ,also known as when working people statutorily take a day off .In the past , this day people paid a visit to a tomb setting off fireworks , burning a sort of rough straw paper in which it was believed that the paper would turn into coffers for ghosts in the nether world to spend. Of course it is a . Now we do tomb sweeping .Neither burning paper nor setting off fireworks ,just lay fresh flowers before the tombs. I totally approve of this way to do tomb sweeping .I think It is the remembrance that counts.

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Carmelanirel wrote on April 5, 2015, 7:29 AM

Ahh, sounds like what our Memorial Day had STARTED out as. I put "started" in caps because it was supposed to be a day to remember loved ones, to visist their graves and bring flowers. Unfortunately over time it has turned into a "first weekend of summer!" party and people camp out, cook out, have parties, and many time booze in involved. Not that I am against any of that, but they completely forget about the reason they have a three day weekend and I rarely see anyone visiting a gravesite.

scheng1 wrote on April 5, 2015, 8:27 AM

Over here in Singapore, we still burn hell money. I think it is hard to get rid of this practice.

scheng1 wrote on April 5, 2015, 8:28 AM

Except that the Chinese tomb sweeping day started thousand of years ago.

trufflehunter wrote on April 5, 2015, 10:29 AM

Did you see the latest about what was being burnt in Hong Kong? Macarons.

CoralLevang wrote on April 5, 2015, 11:04 AM

Carmelanirel I wrote something a year or two ago on this country and Memorial Day, that I will have to drag out of my archives.

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CoralLevang wrote on April 5, 2015, 11:05 AM

Thank you for sharing about your customs. These are the things that fascinate me.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 6, 2015, 2:28 AM

Carmelanirel They seem to forget what that day is all about and turn it into a spree.Here tomb sweeping starts 15 days before the pure bright festival and visitors crowd the public cemetery every day .

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jiangliu1949 wrote on April 6, 2015, 2:38 AM

Yes ,it can be traced back to thousands of years ,along with tomb sweeping there are some activities ,such as going for an outing ,flying kites .

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 6, 2015, 2:51 AM

scheng1 Over here burning it is prohibited on the public cemetery ,however there may be some people doing it in the countryside .

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 6, 2015, 2:56 AM

Wow,I have never known such a thing .

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 6, 2015, 3:02 AM

Thank you ! there are varieties of customs in the world when it comes to visiting a tomb.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 7, 2015, 6:54 AM

Yes, we should remember our loved ones who passed away in our remaining years .I still feel sad now at the thought of my late Dad,though he lived to be 92.

maxeen wrote on April 8, 2015, 5:36 PM

I like all these things when they remain free from being commercial.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 9, 2015, 1:58 AM

My point exactly ,but sadly ,commerciality pervades the world now .

Carmelanirel wrote on April 9, 2015, 7:05 AM

TRue, the country of China is older than the country of America

Carmelanirel wrote on April 9, 2015, 7:06 AM

Really? If it isn't too long I'd love to read it, otherwise I would have to wait until this semester is over.

Carmelanirel wrote on April 9, 2015, 7:07 AM

I think your people are more respectful of the reason you do things than people are here. Don't get me wrong, some do honor the fallen, but it is becoming rare..

Carmelanirel wrote on April 9, 2015, 7:09 AM

Oops, I seem to forget to tag peole sometimes CoralLevang

Paulie wrote on April 9, 2015, 8:47 AM

America's Tomb Sweeping Festival is May 30 which is called Memorial Day or Decoration Day. This date was originally set to remember all of the dead soldiers, but civilians also go to cemeteries on that date to lay wreaths on graves.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 10, 2015, 6:52 AM

I agree ,it differs from person to person .Here there are some people who do that way .

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 12, 2015, 2:52 AM

I don't know from when this day was set as Tomb Sweeping Festival ,they say it can be taced back to Zhou Dynasty ,about 1046-221 B.C.

Fleur wrote on April 15, 2015, 6:05 PM

It's nice to carry on the old traditions, but in a better interpretation.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 13, 2015, 3:30 PM

I like it when traditions can be revamped to be greener.

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 14, 2015, 3:40 AM

Thank you for commenting !Yes ,over here eco-friendly tomb sweeping is here to stay now .

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 10:11 PM

I would love for our country to revamp some of our traditions to be eco friendly.

MegL wrote on July 17, 2015, 9:33 AM

It is good to remember the people who went before us. Sometimes we do not remember them often enough.

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 18, 2015, 4:31 AM

Over here besides Tomb Sweeping Day ,we do something in remembrance of the deceased in July and October (lunar calendar )respectively .