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Kamloops Qingming Festival is on Sunday April 9th at 1:00pm.  The location is 850 Lombard Street and the entrance is on the east of Hudson’s Bay Trail. 

Traditional Customs
Qingming Festival (Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day)  falls on April 4.  It is traditional day for ancestor worship and taking a spring outing.

The two important parts of remembering the ancestors are cleaning the headstone and paying respect to the ancestor with offerings. The festival is often marked with offering of favourite food/wine and the burning ceremonial money and paper effigies of practical items - such as cars, houses and even phones - for relatives and friends to be used in the afterlife

Not only is it a day for commemorating the ancestors, is it also a time for people to enjoy themselves. During March/April, everything in nature takes on a new look, as trees turn green, flowers blossom, and the sun shines brightly. It is a fine time to go out and to appreciate the beautiful scenes of nature. This custom can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and followed by each dynasty later till today. So visitors can be seen everywhere during the month of the festival.

Spring outings not only add joy to life but also promote a healthy body and mind.  Indeed this is an occasion for respecting the ancestor and enjoy continuous laughter from the spring outing.