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Ching Ming Spring Festival 2023

Apr. 01, 2023 · 9:30am-3:30pm

Honor your loved ones and join us for our annual Ching Ming Spring Festival. When you register, you will receive complimentary food ticket for Bento from Legends Restaurant and have access to what we've planned out for the day.

Saturday, April 1, 2023

10 am - 3:30pm

  • Complimentary Bento: provided by Legends Restaurant
  • Tai Chi Dancers
  • Lion Dancing
  • Master Calligrapher Ina Chang: First come, first served for Inked Blessings
  • Ribbon cutting Ceremony within Eono Garden
  • guest speaker: Feng Shui Master, Clarance Lau: Learn about the Feng Shui of Valley of the Temples and how you can extend good fortune.
  • guest speaker: Reverend Zhao
  • Kite Flyers
  • And More!

PRE-EVENT SPECIALS: Plan Ahead & Save*

  • Save up to 25% on prearranged cemetery packages + get an additional 5% discount when you purchase by April 1, 2023 for a total chance to save up to 30%
  • Save up to 20% on funeral and cremation packages

**Offers available for prearranged contracts only. Discounts of up to 30% valid from 3/1/2023-4/1/2023 in select gardens only. Discounts up to 25% available 3/1/2023-4/30/2023 in select gardens only. Additional conditions and restrictions apply

CALL TODAY: 808-239-8811

History of Ching Ming

The phrase Ching Ming is linked to the Chinese tradition of ancestor worship, which many consider the original religion of China dating back over 2,500 years.

The practice of ancestor worship is based on three beliefs:

  • That a person's good or bad fortune is influenced by the souls of his or her ancestors
  • That all departed ancestors have the same material needs they had when alive
  • That the departed can assist their living relatives

Ching Ming is a major public festival that is generally treated as an official holiday in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Ching Ming Traditions

On Ching Ming, celebrants traditionally visit ancestral graves, where special rites are held and offerings are made in honor of ancestors. This event is held on the 106th day after winter solstice and usually occurs on April 4th or 5th. Traditionally in today's world of working families, the trip to the cemetery will occur on the weekend before April 5th. This event is related to the Chinese tradition of receiving blessings from previous generations when undertaking a new venture. Ching Ming unfolds in a picnic-like atmosphere and is observed as a time for happy communion with ancestors rather than a somber occasion.

Visiting the cemetery is referred to as "hang san" (walking the mountain). A series of activities; clearing the gravesite of dirt and debris, weeding around the site and repainting inscriptions on the gravestone are together referred to as "sweep­ing the grave." Wine and a variety of foods may be placed around the gravesite as offerings to the spirit of the deceased. Eating the food that was offered to the deceased is considered good luck. Paper money is burned for use in the afterlife, candles are lit, and family members bow and kneel in respect. Many of today's offerings may be simple, consisting of incense, paper money and flowers. Families may also set off firecrackers to drive evil spirits away from the gravesite.

Ching Ming is observed as a traditional and cultural ritual rather than a religious practice. In the United States, Ching Ming is most commonly observed in San Francisco and Hawaii.


Location & Directions

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park & Crematory
47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744

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