18 Apr, 2017
10 : 00
qīng míng shí jié yǔ fēn fēn
Upon the Clear-and-Bright Feast of spring, the rain drizzles down in spray
lù shàng xíng rén yù duàn hún
Pedestrians on countryside ways, in gloom are pinning away
jiè wèn jiǔ jiā hé chù yǒu
When asked "Where a tavern fair for rest, is here about to be found"
mù tóng yáo zhǐ xìng huā cūn
The shepherd boy the Apricot Bloom Village, doth point to afar and say.
Recently, the Lower Primary students learnt the poem “Qing Ming” by the poet Du Mu of Tang Dynasty that mentions the Qing Ming Festival. The poet used simple words to express his sadness as a stranger in a distant land on a rainy spring day. Under the guidance of their Chinese teacher, Year 1 and Year 2 wrote a sentence with Chinese brushes and drew the scene on the paper. Combining the poem with the topic “Material” in their Topic Class, the students also made a tree with flowers by using different materials and colours.
The Qing Ming (Pure Brightness) Festival is one of the 24 seasonal division points in China, falling on either April 4, 5 or 6 each year. After the festival, the temperature will rise and rainfall will increase. It is the high time for spring ploughing and sowing. The Qing Ming Festival is not only a seasonal point to guide farm work; it is more of a festival of commemoration.
There are various activities for Qing Ming Festival. The most popular ones, including tomb sweeping, spring outings, kite flying, and putting willow branches on gates, have been an important part of this festival since the beginning.
Qing Ming is an important day of sacrifice for most people to sweep tombs and commemorate their ancestors. It is also a time for people to go outside and start enjoying the greenery of spring. The Qing Ming Festival is a combination of sadness and happiness.