Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Celebrating Qing Ming

Last night we celebrated the Qing Ming Festival, the Chinese Festival also known as Clear Brightness Festival and Tomb Sweeping Day. This festival begins as a solemn occasion to honor one's ancestors and departed family members with offerings and tomb cleaning, and progresses into an outdoor family outing celebrating the beginning of spring and good weather. 

You can read my earlier post about this festival here.

Over the course of the week, we have been reminiscing about deceased relatives and pets. The grandparents hubby and I have lost are buried in other provinces, so we didn't have a tomb to maintain. Part of Qing Ming is to offer food ceremoniously to the deceased, as it is believed they can enjoy this in the afterlife. We set out dog biscuits for old pets, and we cooked dishes we remembered eating often with our grandparents: Fricot, an Acadian chicken and dumpling soup; and Tourtiere, a French Canadian meat pie.

We also lit a joss candle, and burnt joss paper, or spirit money, as an offering for the deceased to be ensured prosperity in the after life.

While burning our offerings, we took a moment of silence to commemorate our loved ones. We then proceeded to enjoy our meal while recounting memories.

As per tradition for Qing Ming, we then went kite flying. Well, we dropped Pea off to the school dance, and we took Elle kite flying.

But before we were really able to get started, Elle's kite broke, and the wind died down completely. We did enjoy the fresh evening air though :)


  1. What a beautiful way to remember loved ones! I especially love cooking dishes that you remember enjoying with them. Thank you for sharing at the Culture Swapper!


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