|Stamp Title:||Qingming Festival|
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|Date of Issue:||2012-03-14|
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Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a traditional festival featuring folk customs, named after one of the 24 solar terms on traditional Chinese calendar. It was early documented in an astronomical book of the Western Han (206B.C.-A.D.24), and became a popular festival during the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, falling in the third lunar month, or around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar. Traditional customs for the festival, such as sweeping tombs, going out for a walk in the countryside, and planting trees, have remained prevalent till today.
Qingming embodies Chinese cultural traditions of worshipping the national and family ancestors and keeping remembrance of those of virtue of the older generations, and is observed as a spring ceremony to go closer to nature and plant seedlings as well. In 2006, the festival was included on China"s National Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.