Qingming: time for ancestor worship and hope of a new beginning


The Qingming Festival is a traditional Chinese festival which has been observed by the Chinese people for thousands of years. This year, the Qingming Festival falls on April 5th. 

The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is one of the four major traditional Chinese festivals, together with the Dragon Boat Festival, Spring Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival. It originated from the rites for ancestor worship in spring in ancient times, beginning in the Zhou Dynasty. The custom of worshiping ancestors and mourning dead relatives continues to be prevalent in Chinese culture.  

Qingming is more than honoring those who have passed. The early spring date makes it naturally a celebration of life, beauty and the season of renewal. As part of Qingming observance, many people will go on a spring outing, flying kites, taking a walk etc.

The flowering cherry blossoms in East China Normal University arrive with a gentle breeze and fine drizzle, bringing fragrance and joy. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom along the Liwa River and Cherry River.

Clusters of pink and white cherry blossoms adorn the branches, blooming spectacularly. As soon as the merry spring breeze blows over, there will be an overlay of fresh dewy petals, cascading as snowflakes.

If you pass by the cherry trees in the campus, the romance and vitality of this beautiful scene will make your day. We look forward to an early end of the pandemic, and enjoying the cherry blossoms together.

Author: Yuan Yiwei, Li Mengjie

Photo by: Dong Yingying, Liu Jinyu, Wang qinyi, Shao Xingren, Ji Jiaxiao, Zhang Yixiao, 

Huang longying, Li Shenghua, Xie Menglei, Shao Zhuang, Wang Zhuxin
Designer: Luo Kexin

Copy editor: Philip Nash

Editor: Wicky Xu


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