回 家, I am going home
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - March 24, 2006 Posted: 8:01:00 PM EDT

One time, during my sociology class in Uni, our lecturer asked us this question. 'What is that one MOST SIGNIFICANT cultural practice that defines the Chinese people'?

I said, 'Chinese New Year, the reunion dinner on the Eve of Chinese New Year'. 

I was wrong.

It is 清明, Qing Ming.

Why?

Qing Ming is a day where the practise of Xiao, or filial piety, the central tenet of Confuciasm, is demonstrated. Sons and daughters, grand-sons and grand-daughters travel across the lands to return to their ancestral homes to pay respect to their ancestors.

Xiao holds the family institution together.



清明

清 明 时 节 雨 纷 纷,
路 上 行 人 欲 断 魂
借 问 酒 家 何 处 有
牧 童 遥 指 杏 花 村

Clear and Bright
(Translation taken from chinahistoryforum.com)
Rain falls heavily as Qing Ming comes
On the roads passers-by with dampened spirits go
I ask where the tavern is
A cowherd points to a village
In the distance, wreathed in apricot blossoms

Du Mu

803-852 AD


IMAGE TAKEN FROM CLEARHARMONY.COM

Examples of Filial Piety:
Min Ziqian Freezes in a Grass-Padded Coat Obeying His Stepmother

I am driving south for Qing Ming this weekend. 

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