Ching Ming Festival 清明節, otherwise known as Tomb Sweeping Day or Remembrance of Ancestors Day, is a festival observed by many Chinese – families visit the tombs of their ancestors in remembrance of deceased family and ancestors and cleaning the gravesites. This day usually falls early April. Please note that we do not use the word celebrate for this Festival, nor do we wish others Happy Tomb Sweeping Day 清明節快樂 .
On this day, depending on the person’s religious beliefs, some would pray to their ancestors, and make ritual offerings which include traditional food dishes, and the burning of joss sticks and joss paper. Others might abstain from some of these religious rituals, conveying their respect for their ancestors in other ways, such as tidying the tombs, presenting flowers.
Here are some videos for you and your family about Ching Ming Festival 清明節 in Hong Kong, for you to deepen your understanding of this festival.
Visit the blogpost to learn more about the poem, see the poem recited in Cantonese, as well as sung (music by WeiRan), and download the free printable of the poem
Ching Ming Festival Vocabulary
Activity Sheets for Kids
Sagebooks has free printables to be downloaded.
Little Chinese Learners has activity packs in Traditional Chinese for download.
About Ching Ming Festival and customs in Hong Kong
Learn more about Ching Ming Festival (English and Cantonese)
Articles about the Festival in Hong Kong
- A Cultural Guide To Ching Ming Festival, The Tomb Sweeping Day by the HK Hub (New!)
- What is Tomb Sweeping Day in Hong Kong?
- Ching Ming Festival by Hong Kong Fast Facts
- All you need to know about “Grave Sweeping” day! by Sassy Mama HK
Ching Ming in 2022
COVID-19 and technology have resulted in new trends during Ching Ming. The last two years, I read about offerings that include COVID-care offering kits that includes mask and hand-sanitizers. this year Switch and PS5 are gaining popularity, probably due to more lockdown and stay at home measures.
In China, “Cemeteries are being closed and officials are pushing online channels to honour ancestors during the upcoming Ching Ming Festival as China tries to neuter an Omicron-driven Covid-19 outbreak.”. To read more, click here.
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- Ching Ming Poem 清明 by 杜枚
- How to Create a Cantonese-Rich Environment
- Free Leveled Readers with Colloquial and Formal Cantonese Audio
- The Ultimate Guide to Cantonese Nursery Rhymes 粵語兒歌 on YouTube
- Free Colloquial Cantonese Kid’s Educational Resources and Printables
- Cantonese Storytime and Book Reading on YouTube
- Storybooks Canada: Early Learning Storybooks
- 輕輕鬆鬆廣東話Hing Hing Sone Sone Cantonese Learning Programme