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Qingming Festival - Honouring Ancestors and Celebrating Spring

Qingming Festival is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the 4th or 5th April, named after the first day of the fifth solar term 'Qingming'.

It is an opportunity for celebrants to remember and honour their ancestors. Originating over 2,500 years ago, young and old would traditionally pray before their ancestors, sweep their tombs and offer favourite foods, paper (representing money) and wine as a sacrifice, to be burned in the hope that the deceased would not lack for food and money. Nowadays, with cremation being more common, flowers and prayers are offered. 

Green tea

Qingming is not just a day of remembrance, it is also a day to celebrate the coming of spring, often by going out for a picnic or a family outing. The festival also has significance in Chinese tea culture since this specific day divides the fresh green teas by their picking dates. Every year early April is regarded as the best time to pick and enjoy spring tea ‘mingqiancha’.  Green teas made from leaves picked before the 4th April are given the prestigious 'pre-qingming' designation which command a much higher price tag and are prized for having much lighter and subtler aromas than those picked after the festival.

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