People travel to rural areas to gaze at blossoming flowers. (Photo: CCTV.com)
Qingming is not just a day of remembrance, it is also a day to celebrate the coming of Spring. The custom of taking an excursion in the countryside was developed as early as one thousand years ago. People travel to rural areas to gaze at blossoming flowers and fly kites.
A volunteer dressed in Han costumes gives out willow branches and reminds people to insert them onto their gates.(Photo: CCTV.com)
In southwest China's Sichuan Province, Qingming Cultural Week underscores the traditional activities surrounding Qingming Festival. Volunteers dressed in Han costumes give out willow branches and remind people to insert them onto their gates.
A bamboo zither player sings folk songs urging people to respect their parents. (Photo: CCTV.com)
A bamboo zither player sings folk songs urging people to respect their parents.
There will be a string of events held during Qingming Cultural Week, including a grand sacrifice ceremony and performances of ancient music.
(CCTV April 2,2008)