The other day I was talking to a friend of mine that
lives in China. She is a teacher
and said that she was looking forward to a four day Easter weekend. She had Friday off for Good Friday and
Monday off for Tomb Sweeping Day.
Tomb Sweeping Day?
Of course I Googled it.
Here is what I found:
“Tomb Sweeping Day or Ching Ming Festival ("Pure Brightness Festival")
is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the 106th day after the winter
solstice, which occurs on April 4 or April 5 of the Gregorian calendar. It marks the middle of spring and is a
sacred day of the dead. For the
Chinese, Tomb Sweeping Day is primarily a festival for remembering, honoring
and worshiping ones' ancestors.”
This year, due to the calendar, Tomb Sweeping Day falls on
the Monday following Easter Sunday.
That is today for me. This
morning I didn’t wake up to a day off.
I am headed to work--hopeful. I
don’t plan on spending the day in the graveyard offering food and worship to my
ancestors. Rather, I plan on
living for and worshiping Jesus.
Because, as the angel at the tomb said, “He is not here. He is risen!”