We've got VIP holidays!
29.03.2012 17 °C
Qingming festival is approaching, and in the beginning of next week the factories will stop working, the schools will close and the people will return to their homes for three days. In acient China the girls' family was considered as worthless, and it was only during the festivals, among others Qingming, that girls were allowed to return to their original family. The change in gender discrimination came after Chairmen Mao's statement that women carry half of the sky, which is absolutly true, and therefore boys and girls are said to be equal in modern China.
Qingming is celebrated the 104th day after the solar solstice, and falls mostly on the 5th of April. The English translation of Qingming is tomb sweeping festival or ancestors day, and is celebrated to honour the ancestors. The name of the festival denotes a time for people to go outside and enjoy the freshness of the spring. It can therefore be compared to our spring festival; Easter.
On Qingming people go to pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs, burn fake money, incense or carry flowers, and bring food offers. Some people stick willow branches to their door, in strong believe that it will scare away the evil spirits that wanders on Qingming. Today people go on family outings, fly kites in shapes of animals, and burn firecrackers. Not only the butterflies outside exist with spring, but also the well - known butterflies inside, and, according to trusted Wikipedia, many new couples are formed around Qingming.
Qingming means 7 days work, 3 days off for Chinese people, but for us aliens, it means holiday! We've got two extra days off, and are once again treated as VIP. This time I really enjoy being a VIP. Tonight our bags will be packed, and before dawn the next day you can find us on the roadside, waiting for a taxi to bring us to somewhere still unknown ...