Happy Easter Sunday!
For those of you that don’t know, today is also the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Festival! Tomb Sweeping Festival is a a holiday celebrated in various East Asian countries, including China, Korea, and Vietnam. The holiday usually falls on April 4th or 5th of a given year (it’s April 5th this year), corresponding to the 15th day after the Spring Equinox. During this day, families all across go out to the tombstones of their ancestors in order to pay respects. They do so by offering foods, beverages, and spirit money to ensure that they are comfortable in the afterlife. It’s also a day where people take the opportunity to enjoy the beginnings of Spring as the weather starts to warm up.
It’s an important holiday in East Asia as the Confucian ideals of filial piety include honoring your progenitors. Even if your family may not celebrate it, it’s always good to take a little bit of time out of your day to remember those that have come before you. After all, without them, you wouldn’t be where you are now!