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{Prayers for Taiwan} Qing Ming Jie (清明節) or Tomb Sweeping Day

There’s a national holiday this weekend in Taiwan, and if you’ve lived in the western world all of your life, it’s one that you’ve probably never heard of:  Qing Ming Jie (清明節), literally “Clear Bright Festival,” or more commonly known as Tomb Sweeping Day.

Tomb Sweeping Day actually resembles the U.S.A.’s Memorial Day as it is a day to remember those who have passed away.  It is a time for families to come together to honor their deceased loved ones and a time for the nation to pay tribute to important leaders of the past.

This holiday dates back centuries and is rooted in Chinese religious beliefs and customs…