In contrast to the sadness of the tomb sweepers, people also enjoy hope of Spring on this day. The Qingming Festival is a time when the sun shines brightly, the trees and grass become green and nature is again lively.
People love to fly kites during the Qingming Festival. Kite flying is actually not limited to the Qingming Festival.
Its uniqueness lies in that people fly kites not during the day, but also at night. A string of little lanterns tied onto the kite, look like shining stars. Therefore, it is called "magic lamp".
The Qingming Festival is also a time to plant trees, for the survival rate of saplings is high and trees grow fast later.
In the past, the Qingming Festival was called "Arbor Day". But since 1979, "Arbor Day" was settled as March 12 according to the Gregorian calendar.
The tomb sweeping day is one of the traditional festivals in China. On April 5th, people visit their ancestors'tombs. Generally speaking, people will bring the home-made food, some fake money and paper-made mansion to their ancestors.
When they start to honour their ancestor, they will light up some candles and incense, put some flowers around the tombs.
The most important thing is to put the home-made food in front of the tombs. The food, also known as sacrifices, is usually made up with a chicken, a fish and some pork.
In some provinces of China, people use different activities to commemorate this day, for instance, spring-outing, swinging, tree planting and making special food.
One special food is Ay Tsao rice balls. It looks like Tang-yuan, but its colour is green. Mix the ay tsao juice with the rice powder, then make it into small balls. The Ay Tsao rice ball is done.
People believe that eating ay tsao rice balls can get rid of the bad luck and everything will go smoothly.