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Visiting Cemetery on Ching MingChing Ming - a Grave-Sweeping Day
Ching Ming festival is also known as the Grave-sweeping or Spring Remembrance Day celebrated on April- 5. It is an ancestor worship festival native to China. Ching means ‘clear’ and Ming means ‘bright’, it is the day when Chinese families show their respect by visiting the graves of their ancestors, clear away weeds, touch up gravestone inscriptions and make offerings of wine and fruit.

Commemorating the Ancestors
The Chinese believe in cultural harmony and had due respect for their elders as well as for their ancestors. The young ones are taught to pray to their ancestors. Young people accompany their parents to the gravesite and assist their parents in the purification ceremony of the grave. The "willow" is regarded as the symbol of ‘light and enemy of darkness’ in Chinese culture, therefore on this day, the willow twigs and branches are hung on doorways to throw away the evil spirits. The Chinese believe that if you don't hang the willow, then you will born as a ‘yellow dog’ in your next life!

Ching-Ming Ceremony
Ching Ming rituals not only include cleaning of the grave but also include many other ceremonies.
The money is lightened for the deceased to use in his after life. In addition to this, food is laid out in front of the headstone that includes --a steamed whole chicken, hard boiled eggs, sliced barbecued pork, cut roast pork with crunchy skin attached and the dim sum pastries. Besides these the 3-sets of chopsticks and 3 Chinese wine cups are arranged above the food to be used by the deceased.
The family head usually performs the ceremony, he bows 3 times with the wine cup in hand in front of the grave and then he pours the wine on the ground just in front of the headstone. The procedure is normally repeated 3- times. Each member of the family comes in front of the headstone and bows three times, families often eat the food there at the grave site, as if having a picnic with their deceased relatives. Chinese have a strong notion that by doing this, it will bring good luck in the family.

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