Last Qingming Festival，I return home to worship my grandfather.Qingming Festival is a folk Festival.In the past，the Qingming Festival was called “Arbor Day”. But Today， Chinese visit their family graves to tend to any underbrush that has grown. Weeds are pulled， and dirt swept away， and the family will set out offerings of food and spirit money.
Unlike the sacrifices at a family”s home altar， the offerings at the tomb usually consist of dry， bland food.
One theory is that since any number of ghosts rome around a grave area， the less appealing food will be consumed by the ancestors， and not be plundered by strangers.
With the passing of time， this celebration of life became a day to the honor past ancestors. Following folk religion， the Chinese believed that the spirits of deceased ancestors looked after the family.
Sacrifices of food and spirit money could keep them happy， and the family would prosper through good harvests and more children.
The tomb sweeping day is one of the traditional festivals in China. On April 5th, people start to 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. It’s a symbol of the offspring’s respect to the ancestors. People believe that the forbears will share the food with them.
The children dedicate the food and money to their forbears in order to show their love and caring. The young offspring will go down on their knees and pray for their ancestors. They can say their wishes in front of the tombs and the ancestors will make their dreams come true.
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.
Other activities such as spring outing, tree planting are the other ways to commemorate the forbears. For one thing, it is a sign that people should look into the future and embrace the hope; for another thing, we do hope our ancestor rest in peace.