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Qing Ming 2019

Qing Ming 2019

Qing Ming, which means 'clear and bright', is one of the most important celebrations for the Chinese as their culture places a strong emphasis on filial piety. During Qing Ming or Tomb Sweeping Day, it is customary for the living to clean the graves of their dearly departed and offer food, flowers and joss paper paraphernalia as it is believed these will provide a more comfortable afterlife.

Today, with cremations becoming more popular than burials, the custom has been simplified to suit modern lifestyles, and only flowers are presented to the deceased. Yet, although gone are the days of tomb sweeping during Qing Ming, respect continues to be expressed through good prayers for the dearly departed.

For Buddhists however, death is not the end but the beginning of a new journey. Thus, the living can help the deceased gain a better rebirth through dedications of merits, which are generated through virtuous deeds such as making offerings of candles, pujas and prayers to the Three Jewels.

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