Origins of Ching Ming
This year’s Ching Ming or Tomb Sweeping Day falls on April 5 and it is also the Full Moon in Libra. What is so unique about this year’s Ching Ming Festival? Ching Ming almost always occurs in the first week of April, which is the Third month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. While it is still occurring in the first week of April 2023, we are still within the Second month in the Lunar Calendar. Why is this so? This is due to the fact that we have a double or leap month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. (润 二月）
The Double or Leap Month (润 月）
The Double or Leap Month (润 月）is a type of intercalary month in the system of the calendar. It is the extra month added to a lunar calendar. In the lunisolar calendar, the month that does not contain a solar term （节气）is designated as the leap month, and it is named “intercalary month of such and such month” using the name or serial number of the previous month. Therefore, we have two Lunar 2nd months.
Honouring Ancestors During Ching Ming
Generally, a week before and two weeks after Ching Ming it is acceptable to honour the ancestors at the temples, grave sites or crematoriums. A “happy ancestor” will, in turn, bless the living family! Family members will visit the gravesite of their ancestors at least once a year to tend to the tombs, especially in Qing Ming. The Chinese will cook up good food for their ancestors at altar tables on Ching Ming in their homes. The food usually consists of chicken, eggs, or other dishes a deceased ancestor was fond of. Accompanied by rice, the dishes and eating utensils are carefully arranged according to a certain position so as to bring good luck.
What about the Full Moon in Libra
I am going to borrow my Astrologer friend, Cayelin Castell’s Facebook post to explain this: