What is the Qingming Festival?

Today is the Qingming Festival, or the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, which falls on April 5 this year. It commemorates ancestors and deceased family members.

People visit their graves, burn incense, leave food and flowers for the departed, and burn paper money.

The festival is ancient, but it only became a statutory public holiday in China in 2008.

In some parts of China, people also eat qingtuan, a type of dumpling made of glutinous rice and barley grass.