The Qing Ming Festival usually occurs around 5 April in the Gregorian calendar. The festival has its origins in the “Day of Cold Food,” observed during the Spring and Autumn Periods. It was only during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) that the “Day of Cold Food” was formally replaced by the Qingming Festival.
During Qing Ming, descendents remember and honour their ancestors at ancestral tombs. Both young and old pay respects to their forefathers, sweep their tombs and make offering of food, tea, wine, chopsticks, joss paper accessories and libations. The rites have a long tradition in Asia and are integral in the practice of filial piety.
Thekchen Choling observes the occasion with prayers and rituals performed on behalf of the deceased. The merits accumulated are then dedicated to them, ensuring a good rebirth.