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A Ceremony for the Past
发布时间:2015-04-22 浏览次数:

 

At the beginning of the following April, we are meeting with the first traditional festival in the first semester of 2015, Tomb-sweeping Day!

 

 

As one of the 24 solar terms in China, Tomb-sweeping Day falls on the fifth day of the fourth lunar month. It is not only a solar term to guide farm work, but also the most significant day to sacrifice. The people of Han nationality and some minorities at this time offer sacrifices to their ancestors as well as sweeping the tombs of the deceased. On this day, people usually bring a bunch of fruits, snacks, cooked food as sacrificial offerings and put them in front of the tombs before people set to worship on bended knees. Sometimes a bunch of colorful flowers leaning against the tombstone would add more spring feeling to the tomb-sweeping activity. Burning paper made to resemble money is always a necessary step of the whole conventional sacrifice process. Whereas in recent years, this tradition has led to sorrowful disasters, causing a lot of forest fire, and even imperiling the lives of people on the scene. As a result, government is calling the public to spend the traditional festival in alternative ways. For example, people have access to burning the fictitious money as offering to the dead on the Internet. Therefore, college students who are far away from hometowns may also have the special chance to complete the sacrifice by that means.

 

 

Nowadays, Tomb-sweeping Day is not only a day to hold a memorial ceremony for the ancestors and departed family members, but also a day to reunite with friends and families to have a spring hiking. However, a large quantity of students in college are from other provinces, which makes it a little bit difficult for them to go back to their hometowns and have a reunion. Consequently, maybe what absorbs students' attention most is the three-day off. They tend to hang out around Wuhan with their classmates and roommates while their parents will have to represent them to clear the tombs of departed family members and ancestors. Although the young generation is not in presence, their love and respect for ancestors are passed on by parents.

 

 

April is coming, and Tomb-sweeping Day is just around the corner. While Spring Festival is taken as a special day when people celebrate something new as customary, Tomb-sweeping Day is more likely to be a low-key but solemn ceremony for the past. And after the ceremony, it's the real time to unfold a new round year authentically.

 

(Editor: Cai Min Source: English Net)

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