Date(s) - 02/04/2017 - 04/04/2017
Ching Ming Festival (清明) is one of China’s largest events based off of the lunar calendar.
Qingming officially starts 104 days after the winter solstice. The festival usually begins on April 4th or 5th, but activities may start as early as 10 days prior. In English, Qingming is often referred to as Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness because of the holiday’s events. The primary role of the Qingming Festival is to pay respect to ancestors. While many Chinese holidays are oriented around ancestor worship, Qingming is the largest. Filial piety is a central aspect of traditional Chinese culture, so it should come as no surprise that this is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the Middle Kingdom. Nearly every ethnic group in China celebrates Qingming in one way or another. Qingming is also a celebration of spring because of the incoming planting season in most of China.