Tomb Sweeping — the Most important custom of Qingming Festival.
The most popular activities for Qingming festivals includes tomb sweeping, spring outings, kite flying and putting willow branches on gates.
In Qingming Festival, people usually worship their ancestors by burning incense and ‘paper money’ in their ancestors’ grave sites.
Dishes for Qingming Festival
Since fire is used for burning incense and ‘paper money’, on the day of Qing Ming, it is not allowed to use fire for cooking. This is why the traditional dishes are prepared 1 to 2 days in advance. Here are the most common dishes:
Sweet Green Rice Balls (青团 / qīngtuán)
These dumplings are made of a mixture of glutinous rice powder and green vegetable juice, which gives them their jade-green color. They are stuffed with sweetened bean paste giving them a glutinous taste and sweet aroma.
Peach Blossom Porridge (桃花粥 / Táohuā zhōu)
It is a kind of porridge, but contrary to other porridges it is cooked with fresh peach blossoms and rice.
Qingming cakes (撒子/ sāzi )
These cakes are made of wheat flour or glutinous rice flour, eggs, sesame, onion, salt and various other ingredients, which are fried in order to make the surface crispy.
Qingming snails (清明蜗牛/ Qīngmíng wōniú)
This dish consists of snails, onion, ginger, soy sauce, cooking wine and sugar.
Language Tips for Qingming Festival
清明节 | qīng-míng jié: Qingming Festival
扫墓 | sǎo mǜ: sweep tombs
祭祖 | jì zǔ: worship (sacrifice to) ancestors
纸钱 | zhǐ qián: (joss paper) paper made to resemble money and burned as an offering to the dead
烧香 | shāo xiāng: burn incense sticks