Dozens of children were invited to a cultural event at a museum in Shijiazhuang, north China’s Hebei Province to experience traditions of Qingming Festival, which falls on April 4 this year.
SOUNDBITE: (CHINESE) LIU WEIHUA, Hebei Museum
“Museums play an important role in promoting traditional culture since we have a large collection of cultural relics. With these activities, we do hope the young people can learn more about China’s time-honored traditions.”
Qingming Festival, or Tomb-Sweeping Day, is believed to have a history of about 2,500 years.
Apart from paying respects to ancestors, many also take the occasion to go for an outing.
And in ancient times, archery, pitch-pot, and Chinese football games were held — the same events these children are now invited to experience.
SOUNDBITE: ZHANG SHENGFANG, Student
“I’ve learned so much today, like the traditions of Qingming Festival. I also learned how to play pitch-pot, ancient football and archery games. It’s very nice that we could learn while we play.”
The Qingming Festival games are just one part of cultural events organized by the museum this year.
In the coming month, the Hebei Museum will launch similar activities during other traditional Chinese festivals.