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Qing Ming Festival
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The Qing Ming Festival, literally meaning Pure Brightness Festival, takes place on the fifteenth day after the spring equinox in China. As a holiday devoted to remembering and honoring the deceased, people sweep and decorate grave sites, burn incense and paper money, and make food offerings. Observed for more than 2,500 years, the festival traditions derive primarily from Confucianism, which emphasizes respect and filial piety to the deceased. A popular dish for this time of year is qingtuan, which are green dumplings made of glutinous rice and Chinese mugwort or barley grass. After visiting tomb sites, celebrants may enjoy the spring weather with picnics and kite flying. They may also carry willow branches or place them on gates. It is believed that the willow branches will defend people from the evil spirits that may be wandering the Earth on Qing Ming. Learn more about Qing Ming: https://s.si.edu/2K4p9Hh Editing: Jackson Harvey [Catalog No. CFV11271; © 2019 Smithsonian Institution]
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