Poem of the Day – For the Countdown to Chingming

I should’ve posted this 2 days ago actually when a couple of firecrackers went up but it took me this long to type it in in Chinese characters. Just joking – it’s actually pretty easy, even quicker than writing by hand!

Chinese people commemorate the dead round the 5th April on Qīngmíng (清明节) – Tombsweeping Day. It falls on the 15th day of the Spring Equinox, that’s why the firecrackers on 20th March.

It’s a famous poem by Tang Dynasty poet Du Mu written for Chingming(杜牧).

清明时节雨纷 纷




In English:

A drizzling rain falls like tears on Mourning Day

The mourner’s heart is breaking on his way

Where can a winehouse be found to drown his sadness?

A cowherd points to Almond Flower (Xing Hua) Village in the distance.

Very impressive photos of Chingming dishes and offerings here. I got some sweet sticky, glutenous rice balls from the parents of a student of mine, which I liked so much I ate them all the 4 at once!

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