The Origin of Qingming Festival – Tomb-sweeping Day
Chinese Triditional Festival – Qingming Festival is coming near. And 3 days off follows, during which, people go to the cemetery to visit and commemorate the dead. Besides, this is the best time to go out for a walk and enjoy the Spring landscape.
Today, l gonna tell you friends about the origin of this Festival.
The origin of Qingming. It can be traced back to Spring and Autuman Period. It was said that, a gentleman called Zhonger from Jin country suffered exiling from escaping being killed. On the way, he was hungry and tired. His followers found nothing to eat, from whom one man named Jiezitui cut one potion of meat dowm his body and boiled one bowl of meat-soup to Zhonger silently. Then Zhonger gained his strength back and felt so moved when he found that it was Jiezitui feeded him.
19 years passed by, Zhonger became the king, he remembered and rewarded those who accompanied him during the bad days but no Jiezitui. Many people felt unfair and loss for Jiezitui but Jiezitui did not. Jiezitui dispised those who showed off and rush for money and fame, so he packed his luggage went to the Mian mountain lived a secluded life with his mother.
Zhonger was in deep remorse and realize his fault after he heard what people critize on him. He swore he gonna called Jiezitui back, so he went to Jiezitui’ hometown in person to invite him back. But failed. Then He heard Jiezitui went to Mian mountain. Zhonger decided to find him there but that was not easy. One suggested that he put an fire over the 3 sides of mountain to force Jiezitui walk out. Jiezitui was never showed up until the fire faded away, but it was the dead body with his mother on his back under the old willow tree. Zhonger felt so much grief. When Jiezitui was being buried, there was one piece ribbon was found in the tree hole, which was written “cutting meat to save your life just for loyalty, wish your majesty be clear and bright all the time”. In memery of Jiezitui, Zhonger commanded that day be ‘han-shi-jie’ means cold-food day.
Next year, Zhonger took his followers climbed the mountain to commemorate Jiezitui. He only found that the burn willow tree come back to life, he then gave a name to the tree – ‘QingMingLiu’ means ‘willow tree of clearness and brightness’ and gave a known to the folk that ‘qing-ming-jie’ is the second day of ‘han-shi-jie’.
With time passed by,it developed to Qingming Festival.
So far, l wonder whether you are curious about the activities on this special day or not.
Yes, there are some activities. Like ta-qing means taking a walk out and enjoy the spring landscape which is full of green views, and do some wash your hands and foot in the reiver to feel the comfort of spring. Growing the willow tree which is in memery of Jiezitui and also adding more green flavour to the world. The interesting thing is one special food called ‘QingTuan’ – a totally green food made of rice and green herb, sometimes with meat stuffing. QingTuan’ has be the emble.
The custom is that during the festival, one should go to the cemetry to visit the dead and sweep the grass and leaves from the tomb. Also, one usually bring some flowers, wine and some food there and have a few talks.
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