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Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Qingming Festival

On April 4, the Chinese celebrated the Qingming Festival. Some of the schools around here are out and I think that some stores will be closed today and in observance of it. You can read about it HERE - Qingming Festival.

Seems pretty interesting and one in which I want to know more about. I'll ask the girl who is helping me my translations for my dissertation about it and see what she says and get back to you. I'll just add to this post. The wikipedia site has some helpful information.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One thing mentioned in the wiki article that should be underscored is that last year was the first time the PRC allowed Qingming to be observed with a legal holiday. This is quite significant because until then, Qingming was one of those days considered superstitious, thrown out (officially) during the cultural revolution. People still tended the graves of their ancestors, but only in the past two years has the PRC reversed course regarding this holiday and other traditional holidays.

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