Tomb Sweeping Day (Qingming Festival) – 清明節

Hey everyone, it’s Brian.
This time I want to tell you about an important day in Chinese culture.
Tomb Sweeping Day (Qingming Festival) is on April 5th every year. Combined with Children’s Day, it is spring break for students and workers in Taiwan.

皆さん、こんにちは。ブライアンです。
今回は「清明節」について紹介したいと思います。清明節は四月五日にあり、中華圏では大きいな伝統行事の一つです。台湾では、清明節はこどもの日を加えて、台湾の春休みになります。

On tomb sweeping day, family members working in different places gather together for this day. People go to the tomb of their ancestors or an ossuary. They bring incense, delicacies, and fruit. Just like the name of the day, people clean the tomb, cut the grass, and decorate the tomb with colorful paper.

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清明節に、あちこちに働いている家族は集まって、お香や果物を持ってお墓や納骨堂に参ります。雑草を刈って、お墓をきれいにして、彩りの紙を飾ります。

Lumpia is eaten on Tomb Sweeping Day. Think spring roll but non-fried. Fillings such as meat, fried egg, beansprouts, celery, and carrots are cut into strips and wrapped in a flour-based wrap with peanut powder. Since many fillings have to be prepared, usually the whole family does the preparation together. Lumpia can be made according one’s own preferences. It is a dish that is both delicious and fun to make.

清明節に食べる定番料理は「潤餅(ルンビン)」といい、簡単に言うと生の春巻きです。肉、卵焼き、もやし、セロリ、ニンジンなどをみじん切りにして、ピーナッツパウダーを振って、小麦粉で作った皮で包みます。たくさんの種類の具を準備するので、一般的に家族の皆と一緒に準備します。自分の好きなように作れるので、美味しくて楽しい料理です。

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Tomb Sweeping Day is a day to spend with family, remember your heritage, pray for the continuing safety and success of the family. Are you spending enough time with your family? Take advantage of this beautiful spring weather and hang out with your family!

清明節は先祖のことを思い、家族の安全と成功を祈り、一緒に過ごす日です。
皆さん、家族を大事にしていますか?穏やかな春の日々をぜひ家族と一緒に楽しく過ごしてください。

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