Ching Ming Festival is a day to honor the dead. It is often referred to as Tomb Sweeping Day which is similar to All Souls Day on Guam. For the Chinese, it is a day to remember and honor one’s ancestors at grave sites. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, (joss) paper accessories to their departed loved ones.
The rites are very important to most Chinese and especially farmers. Some people carry willow branches with them or put willow branches on their gates and/or front doors. They think that willow branches help ward off the evil ghosts that wander on this day. People go on family outings, start the spring plowing, sing, dance, and fly kites in the shapes of animals or characters from the Chinese opera.