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Holiday: ‘Tomb-Sweeping Day’

English Lesson - Tomb-Sweeping Day

‘Tomb-Sweeping Day’  /tuːmˈswiːpɪŋ deɪ/

This is a holiday in mid-spring.

Tomb-Sweeping Day is a day to honour one’s ancestors. Its proper name is the Qingming Festival. (Qingming is pronounced ching-ming.)

Tomb-Sweeping Day is celebrated in China, Taiwan, and any other country with many overseas Chinese. Its exact date is usually set by the Lunar Calendar.

Families honour ancestors by tidying up their graves. They also burn paper money and incense. Sometimes people also burn paper objects – like cars and clothes – as gifts to their ancestors.