Today, the day of Ching-ming, literally meaning clear and bright, represents the fifth of the twenty-four solar terms, a tradition of at least two thousand years old for Chinese worldwide to go sweeping the tombs of their ancestors. Around the two weeks before and after Ching-ming, the whole family would go to the graveyards with sacrifices, flowers, fruits, sickles and grooms to worship the deceased and clean their resting places, an act symbolizing reminiscing and respecting the deceased. Ching-ming was not an official memorial day until 1976, in the name of commemorating of our late president Chiang Kai-shek, who happened to die on April 5, 1975 and preserving our cultural tradition, everyone in Taiwan gets a day off ever since.
News report at noon today indicated that all southbound highways were congested with vehicles taking hundreds of thousands home to worship their ancestors.
Do you know that Ching-ming was almost erased from the calendar. From 2000 to 2008, during the rule of Democratic Progressive Party, to meet its ultimate goal for the independence of Taiwan, one thing the People's Republic of China would definitely not tolerate, the DPP government implemented a 'desinicizing' policy---to alter, revise or erase everything about 'China' and deepened the hostility with the other side of the Taiwan Strait.
The congestion on the highways today proved that DPP's obscurantist policy is never going to work. What would be more 'Chinese' than going sweeping the tombs of our ancestors?