Tomb-Sweeping Day

"Love is a warm fire to keep the soul warm." April 5th marked Ching Ming, a time when families gather together to honor their ancestors. The literal meaning of the festival is "clear and bright," which offers an odd juxtaposition of cheerfulness with solemnity. Traditional rituals include sweeping graves, along with warm weather activities like kite flying (because the festival happens near the coming of spring). I'm not one for mandated holidays, but I think it's important to recognize and … [Read more...]