The Ching Ming Festival (also known as “tomb-sweeping” day) officially starts 104 days after the winter solstice. Indicating the day with best spring weather, it is more importantly, a day of paying respect to the deceased. This tradition has carried for over 2,500 years
On this day, tomb-sweeping is of the upmost importance to show respect to ancestors. Along with clearing weeds and adding fresh soil, the ancestors favourite food, tea/wine and burning of paper gifts are offered to ensure they are full and cheerful on the other side.
Traditional food for Ching Ming are of the cold variety, having integrated with the Cold Food Day over the years, sweet green rice balls are the most popular.