Foshan residents attaches great importance to traditional festivals. During the Qingming Festival, it’s a routine for every family to worship their ancestors. Are there any special customs for Foshan people during the Qingming Festival? And have the young generations inherited these traditions? Let’s know more about it!
上山拜太公 Mourning ancestors
In the Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day), people usually mourn their ancestors by burning incense and paper money at their ancestors' grave sites. People show respect to their ancestors by visiting their graves, and offering food, wine, flowers, etc. They sweep the tombs, remove weeds, and add fresh soil to the graves, stick willow branches on the tomb, and burn paper money. They pray before their ancestors' graves and beseech them to bless their families. However, the custom has been greatly simplified today, especially in cities, where only flowers are presented to the dead.
Foshan people usually prepare offerings such as roast goose, sugar cane, buckwheat and sponge cake. Foshan people believe that the ancestors will “go home” at Qingming Festival Festival, so they prepare the offerings on the memorial tablet in advance.
Roast pig is the most important part for worshiping ancestors in Foshan. The red skin of the roast pig has the implication of realizing one’s great ambition. Long time ago, a big pig in the family means a good living standard, so during the Qingming Festival, a family will pick out the largest pig to worship ancestors, which implies a sign of respect for their ancestors.
There are also many snacks which are wrapped with green bean and lotus seed paste, meaning happiness and reunion.
踏青 Spring outings
Qingming is also called Taqing Festival. Taqing means a spring outing, when people get out and enjoy the spring blossoms. The festival usually falls on a day not long before everything turns green in the north, and well in the spring flower season in south. It marks the beginning of the season when people spend more time outside as the weather warms up.
It’s Qingming Festival again. What about the customs in your family? Welcome to share with us!