Today is not only Easter Sunday, but also Tomb Sweeping Festival (清明节 Qīngmíng jié, also called Qingming Festival) – a Chinese holiday where people visit their ancestor’s graves. We don’t celebrate Tomb Sweeping Festival today, but we visited the grave of my husband’s grandfather a few months back.
It’s November, 2014. My husband, I and baby stay at Gugu’s place in the countryside of Jilin province. One early morning, I, my husband, my father-in-law and my husband’s aunt visit the grave of my husband’s grandfather (because of tradition, our baby son has to stay at home. Read more about it here). The grave is located on a little hill. We have to cross a few fields to get there.
After burning Joss paper, we go back. On the way back, my husband’s aunt asks:
“Do you also burn paper money for your ancestors in Austria?”
“No, we don’t have this tradition.”
“What do you do to worship your ancestors?”
“We don’t worship our ancestors in the Chinese sense. We usually put flowers on the graves of our beloved ones.”
Do you have any customs for visiting a beloved person’s grave? Do you celebrate Tomb Sweeping Festival? I’d love to read your stories.