- 企鵝寶貝布丁妹Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Tomb Sweeping Day
The Chinese respect for filial piety and careful attentionto funeral rites is visibly manifested in the custom of ancestor worship. Sinceancient times, a day has been designated for sweeping thetomb and honoring one's ancestors. Though different in each family, theserites are usually performed on the first few days prior to or following ChingMing, one of the traditional solar divisions falling in early April, when thefrost retreats and spring returns bringing renewal to all living things. In1935, the government of the ROC designated Ching Ming as Tomb Sweeping Day tofurther heighten the significance of this occasion.
After Taiwan transformed from an agrarian- toindustrial-based economy, many of the older customs were gradually neglected.Tomb Sweeping Day, however, has retained its deep meaning in modern Chinesesociety, as the numerous families carrying out cleaning and worship rites atcemeteries during this time will testify. TheCentral Government Prayer Service is also held on this day, amplyevidencing the deep respect with which the Chinese view their roots.
Since most cemeteries are located on hillsides in thecountryside or outskirts of town, upon completing the Tomb Sweeping Day rites,many families will take advantage of the fine spring weather by going on afamily outing. These trips have become an important part of Tomb Sweeping Dayas a time for families to enjoy time together.
The foods offered on Tomb Sweeping Day vary by region. InTaiwan, the most common dishes are the distinctive " grave cakes"and junping.
Tomb Sweeping Day combines the people's reverence for theirancestors and for nature and is a reaffirmation of the Chinese ethic of filialpiety. Today, Tomb Sweeping Day is a time not only for worship and maintainingthe tombs of ancestors, but also a tangible expression of filial respect forthe teachings and virtues of forebears.
- ObstinateLv 51 decade ago
【清明掃墓節】 Tomb Sweeping Day
Unlike most traditional holidays which are based on the lunar
calendar, Tomb Sweeping Day follows the solar calendar-falling on
April 5th. During this festival, as its name shows, the entire family
(except married daughters)goes to the tombs of their ancestors to
"sweep" their burial grounds.
To complete this annual task, family members have to carry a broom
and a dust pan to sweep the dirt around the tombs, a shovel to dig
out weeds, and pruning shears to trim the overgrown trees. One last
touch is to water the plants with a barrel of water.
After the manual labor is done, the spiritual ritual begins. The
family arranges bouquets in vases, sets up offerings in front of the
tomb, and burns ghost money and incense. As family memebers pray for
their ancestors' continued protection, they strengthen the bond
between the living and the departed family memebers.
burial ground 墳地
pruning shears 修數的剪子
a barrel of 一桶
spiritual ritual 神聖的儀式
incense 香;焚香時的煙Source(s): 自己啦