Yellow Emperor commemorated in traditional Qingming Festival

Monday was the traditional Qingming Festival, or Tomb-sweeping Day, when Chinese hold activities to remember the memories of their ancestors and deceased family members. A ceremony was held in Huangling County, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, to honor Huangdi, or the Yellow Emperor, who was the legendary ancestor of the Chinese nation.

The ceremony started with 34 drum beats and nine bell tolls, signifying the 34 provinces and special administrative regions of China. Fifty-six dragon flags were unfurled in the wind, representing China’s ethnic groups. Solemn style of worshiping and dances were held, to represent sacrificial activities, thousands of years old, when the Yellow Emperor unified tribes along the Yellow River Valley and ultimately founded the Chinese nation and culture.

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