Higher Number of Chinese Nationals Went Out During Qingming Festival
Millions of Chinese national went out and followed an age old tradition of tomb sweeping and mourn their deceased relatives on Qingming festival. More than 5.4 million people visited 150 burial sites nationwide during the tomb sweeping day which was monitored by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. During the three day holiday which ended Monday more than 13 million people have visited cemeteries. The total number of people visited the burial site this year increased by 3.7 percent compared to last year.
Nanjing’s Memorial Hall of Victims in Nanjing Massacre by the Japanese Invaders wherein 50 massacre survivors and relatives of the deceased mourned on front of the wailing wall which is a monument that is engraved with more than 10,000 names of the victims. The wailing wall is the only place where the massacre victims could be mourned since most of them don’t have tombs or remains. They are mourning to remind them that to never let that kind of tragedy happen again. Qingming falls on a April 5 each year and the traditionally honor their ancestors by sweeping their tombs on the day.it was made a public holiday in 2008 to preserve the tradition.
There are more modern and eco friendly ways in honoring the deceased and burial have emerged such as sweeping tombs on the Internet and sea burial. Aside from tomb sweeping, a lot of Chinese are taking advantage of the holiday to do sightseeing travels as incoming spring winds encourages outdoor activities.