In this journal, I want to talk about Qingming.
Qingming, which can be translated as Tomb-sweeping Day in English, is a statutory public holiday in China. On this day people make offerings to their ancestors, sweep the family graves, and go on spring outings. However, actually, Qingming that is regarded as a holiday in memory of ancestors began in the Zhou Dynasty.
Far earlier than the Zhou Dynasty, Qingming is considered as one of the points marking the 24 divisions of the solar year in the traditional Chinese calendar. As Daniel D. Ding mentioned in the “Pleasure in Naming All the Parts of the Known in Their Expected Order: How Traditional Chinese Agrarian Culture Influences Modern Chinese Cyberspace Communication”, Confucianism emphasizes correct names. In order to found social harmony and build social order, farmers must “perform certain tasks at certain times for a cycle” (Ding, 114). Ancient Chinese people gave these certain times correct names as Confucianism believed to ensure the completeness of cycles. Qingming is one of these certain times. When it is Qingming, temperature increases, weather becomes warm and rainfall increases, which is good for planting and farming. As a result, Qingming is very important for agriculture.
The reason for writing this journal about Qingming is that I left my dormitory without an umbrella on Monday morning. The weather was actually very good on Monday morning so I didn’t think it was necessary to bring an umbrella. However, the rain was pouring down in the afternoon when I finished my classes and wanted to go back to my dormitory. Why am I always down on my luck?
Ding, Daniel D. “Pleasure in Naming All the Parts of the Known in Their Expected Order: How Traditional Chinese Agrarian Culture Influences Modern Chinese Cyberspace Communication”. Culture, Communication, and Cyberspace: Rethinking Technical Communication for International Online Environments. Ed. Kirk St. Amant, Filipp Sapienza. Baywood Publishing Company: New York, 2011. 112-119. Print.