Tomb Sweeping Day

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From its former Chinese name 掃墳節 (Sǎofénjiē, Sweep-Tomb Festival), from the traditional act of cleaning one's family grave with willow branches during the holiday.

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Tomb Sweeping Day

  1. An annual Chinese holiday on the first day of the fifth solar term in the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar (April 4 or 5), during which families gather to honor their ancestors and clean their tombs. The festival is also associated with the consumption of qingtun.


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