On the morning of April 4, a national mourning was held to mourn those people who died in COVID-19 outbreak.
At ECNU, national flags were lowered to half-mast on both campuses, and air raid sirens wailed in grief for three minutes to mourn the COVID-19 victims.
The Qingming Festival, or the Tomb-Sweeping Day, is an important traditional festival for Chinese people to pay respect to the deceased. It usually falls on April 4 or 5 each year. Qingming is also the 5th solar term of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. The words “Qing” and “Ming”, which mean “clear” and “bright” in Chinese, describe the weather during this period. This year’s Qingming Festival falls on April 4.
Tomb sweeping is the most important customs during the Qingming Festival. On those days, people often visit and clean the graves of their ancestors, deceased relatives or friends and offer them food and flowers.