Traditional Chinese holiday—Qingming
Qingming is one of the twenty-four solar terms that the ancient Chinese gave to the twenty-four divisions of their year. Qingming is also one of the most important festivals in China which comes within ten days before or after April the 5th every year.
It originated from ceremonial worship of ancient emperors’ tombs. Latter on, the practice was generally adopted by the public to pay tribute to ancestors. On that day, people visit and sweep forefather’s tomb, recalling love and memory of the late family members. Although Qingming is a festival of mourning, it does not have to be sad. Since the festival falls in spring, it is a great time for outdoor activities such as football, swinging and tree planting. Cuisine on Qingming is special. In ancient times, people did not make fire on that day so they ate prepared cold food instead. Different regions have different specialties: in northern China, folks love date cake and wheat cake while in the south, people prefer green glutinous dumpling and honeyed lotus root stuffed with rice.
In modern China, people rarely have time for this festival due to fast tempo of life. To preserve national tradition and give people more time to rest, the government made Qingming an official national holiday in 2008. The public including staff of BPOVIA love this opportunity for family and relaxation.
This year, Qingming holiday starts from April the 3rd to 5th, that is to say, BPOVIA will be on vacation next Monday. Should you have any problem please leave a message and we’ll handle it Tuesday. In the end, wish everyone a nice holiday!
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