Monday, April 03, 2006

Chinese Festival - Qing Ming Festival

中国节日 - 清明节 (寒食节)

zhōng guó jié rì - qīng míng jié (hán shí jié)

Chinese Festival - Qing Ming Festival

Other English translation of 清明节:

All Souls Day
Clear Brightness Festival
Festival for Tending Graves
Grave Sweeping Day
Tomb Sweeping Day

Qing Ming Festival links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qingming_Festival
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/weekly/aa031201a.htm
http://www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/festival/qingming/qingming.html
http://www.china.org.cn/english/2001/Apr/10256.htm

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Chinese Poem - Qing Ming by Du Mu

Qing Ming is falling on 5th of April. Here is a poem by famous late Tang poeist Du Mu.

清明 杜牧

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。

qīnɡ mínɡ dù mù zuò

qīnɡ mínɡ shí jié yǔ fēn fēn ,
lù shànɡ xínɡ rén yù duàn hún 。
jiè wèn jiǔ jiā hé chǔ yǒu ?
mù tónɡ yáo zhǐ xìnɡ huā cūn 。

Qing Ming by Du Mu

It drizzles endless during the rainy season in spring,
Travelers along the road look gloomy and miserable.
When I ask a shepherd boy where I can find a tavern,
He points at a distant hamlet nestling amidst apricot blossoms.