China's fifth solar term, Qingming, Clear and Bright, will begin on April 5, which coincides with the traditional Chinese festival, Qingming Festival, or Tomb-Sweeping Day.
Qingming Festival has a history of 2,500 years in China. First of all, it was issued by Duke Wen of Jin to commemorative Jie Zitui, who is a loyal minister cut meat his own thigh to save his lord with soup. In ancient, persons also sacrifice ancestor and Tomb-Sweeping in this days. From tang dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong of Tang announced that Qingming Festival as a holiday.
In this days, people go on family outings, start the spring plowing, sing, and dance. Another popular ting is to fly kites in the shapes of animals and characters from Chinese opera. Now, the holiday is often marked by people paying respects to those ancestors, family member and close friends died. It is also always as a holiday to go out for an outing, Flower appreciation and short trip.
The famous Qingming scroll by Zhang Zeduan (1085 AD –1145 AD) is an ancient Chinese painting which portrays the scene of Kaifeng city, the capital of the Song Dynasty during a Qingming festival. Qingming was frequently mentioned in Chinese literature. Among these, the most famous one is probably Du Mu's poem (simply titled "Qingming"): A drizzling rain falls on the Mourning Day, the mourner's heart is breaking on his way. Inquiring, where can a wine shop be found? A cowherd points to Apricot Flower Village in the distance.