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It Always Rains On Qingming Day

5 April 2009 40 Comments

April 5 is . It’s a very important day as . It is a day to remember and honor one’s ancestors, National heroes, And people who died undeserved.
I made a video for Qingming Festival, But I can’t visit Youtube still now, And I couldn’t visit my blog for some days. I must say sorry to all my friends for the delay reply. And thanks so much for your support.





Above: April 5,2009,BeiChuan, People were sacrificing their Children who died because of 512 . Photos from: People

It’s a rainning day yesterday. But many of Chinese people went out for Tomb sweeping. It’s a day to remember and honor one’s ancestors, National heroes, And people who dead undeserved. So in English language Qingming Festival is also called Tomb Sweeping Day or Clear Brightness Festival.

It’s the first Qingming Festival after 512 WenChuan Earthquake. We all know many students dead during that disaster because of the bad quality buildings of school. I know only in my Alma Mater, There were about 240 students and 14 teachers died during 512 WenChuan earthquake. But unfortunately, Almost a year passed, They still say it’s hard to give us a student victims’ list.

They were vivid lifes, and they have names. Yeah, we should know how many students died beacuse of the bad quality buildings of school. And why these criminals still get away with murder.

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  • BK said:

    Probably that why there is a saying, “清明时节雨纷飞.” Hope I got it right. :)

    BK’s last blog post..Strangers are family you have yet to come to know


    iWalk reply on April 6th, 2009 12:20 pm:

    You are right,BK!
    That’s a famous poem of Du Mu:



  • CK said:

    Yup, hate the rain. It rain this time also. Very heavy over here in my hometown Sibu.

    CK’s last blog post..QingMing Festival – 清明節


    iWalk reply on April 6th, 2009 12:35 pm:

    The rain let us feel so sad.

    BTW,CK,I’d rather believe good people will get into heaven. That’s a kind of fair.


    CK reply on April 6th, 2009 2:45 pm:

    iWalk, the rain made us more moody. Just like the poems you’ve put up. Nice video there.

    CK’s last blog post..QingMing Festival – 清明節


  • Karen said:

    It is always meaningful when we honor those who have died. I feel so bad for the families of the ones who died in the earthquake. What a horrible thing to have happened.


    iWalk reply on April 6th, 2009 12:38 pm:

    Thanks Karen, You are always so kind!

    Because of Earthquake, it’s the first time I feel QiangMing is so different day.


  • Cashmere said:

    It was raining very heavily in Singapore..

    Cashmere’s last blog post..My photoblog update…


    iWalk reply on April 6th, 2009 12:42 pm:

    The God is sad too….


  • grace said:

    Wow! Great post. Thanks for the information.
    It is so nice to be back here, iWalk. :)


    iWalk reply on April 6th, 2009 12:51 pm:

    Long time no see, Grace! So nice to see you again! :D


  • heidi said:

    What a sad but important day. Thank you for sharing this and my positive thoughts to all.


    iWalk reply on April 6th, 2009 12:54 pm:

    Thanks heidi!
    So great to see you back!


  • ish said:

    cool photos and post!

    ish’s last blog post..Keep your Heart Strong by doing Exercise


  • jam said:

    That’s probably best describe our feelings during Tomb Festival. And that’s why Qing Ming is always a rainy day. BTW, what is “Alma Mater”?

    jam’s last blog post..Photohunt: Stripes


    iWalk reply on April 6th, 2009 5:47 pm:

    Hi jam, Alma Mater is a Latin “nourishing mother”. In modern times it is used to refer to the university or school a person attended. :)


  • Che-Cheh said:

    Yes it always rain. To show our tears perhaps.


    iWalk reply on April 7th, 2009 1:01 pm:

    Yeah, maybe.


  • 景晖 said:

    清明节是我们华人一个很重要的日子, 我们不能忘记我们的家庭历史。

    您的照片和感想,很感人,我们不能忘记512 地震的破坏,伤和过世的人,优其是那些小孩。。。。

    Lest We Forget 。。。。。


    景晖’s last blog post..Friends Award


    iWalk reply on April 7th, 2009 1:02 pm:

    谢谢JH,是的,Lest We Forget 。


  • foongpc said:

    Does it always rain during QingMing? The raining will definitely add to the sadness. But actually, we shouldn’t feel sad for those who have died. They have probably gone off to a better place : )

    foongpc’s last blog post..Can Lightning Strike The Same Place Or Person Twice?


    iWalk reply on April 7th, 2009 1:05 pm:

    Hi foongpc, You know I’d rather believe good people will live in heaven. But as Chinese tradition, They believe everybody will live in Hell. So people always feel sad about death.


  • quickroute said:

    Sad and rainy day – nice that you honoured it in this post


    iWalk reply on April 7th, 2009 1:18 pm:

    Thanks paddy! Glad to know you are so near to us!


  • brexians said:

    great post
    great photos

    have a wonderful day my friend

    brexians’s last blog post..the day that the animals revolt…


    iWalk reply on April 7th, 2009 1:20 pm:

    Thanks brexians, a wonderful day for you too!

    I am so glad that I can visit you new blog now!


  • Chinaren said:

    It didn’t rain in Beijing! It was really nice.:)

    Chinaren’s last blog post..Ads again.


    iWalk reply on April 7th, 2009 1:30 pm:

    Beijing is very hot now, much hot than Guangzhou, That’s strange..


  • Metz - Empty Streets said:

    Hi iWalk,

    I think the rain, the sky is also mourning and stating that they too remember all those that have been lost that day and in a way also letting those that have lost someone that day that they are not alone.

    My prayers go out for all of them. Warm hugs from the Philippiines. xoxo

    Metz – Empty Streets’s last blog post..Technology Tuesdays on Empty Streets: Cell Phone Reunion


    iWalk reply on April 14th, 2009 1:39 pm:

    You are such a kind friend who always can understand me, and give me so much encouragement, Thanks Metz!


  • Heather Dugan said:

    Healing comes faster when you can grieve with another…

    Heather Dugan’s last blog post..Duck Down and Think “Thin”


    iWalk reply on April 14th, 2009 1:41 pm:

    Thanks Heather Dugan, So nice to see you here again!


  • sudha said:

    Oh iwalk when I was reading about the disaster that happened in the school due to earth quake..it reminds be of a similar incident that happened in our country a few years back..but the sad thing is the building caught fire somehow and almost 1000s of little children died on that and also teachers..and every year that day was mourned and the school was run by the government and mostly the children who were studying on that school came from a poor background :( and yes iwalk it is good to remember and honour the people who died in disasters, always..

    sudha’s last blog post..Links for 2009-04-08 [del.icio.us]


    iWalk reply on April 14th, 2009 2:18 pm:

    I am so sorry for the delay reply, Sudha.
    You shared a similar sad story. I hope this kind of things will never happen again!


  • The Fitness Diva said:

    Your photos, as always, are awesome! I hope you had a very nice Qingming day! ;)

    The Fitness Diva’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday


    iWalk reply on April 14th, 2009 2:32 pm:

    Thanks Diva, But these photos was not mine, there are from People as I said in post, hehe. I hope I can visit there this time but I was too busy. :(


  • Denford said:

    Very beautiful photos. Here in Zimbabwe, we don’t have such a day as this, perhaps the closest we have is Heroes Day, but that is to remember the fighters who died in the war against Britain.

    Most people just pay unemployed youths to sweep the graves and tombs of their relatives.

    Denford’s last blog post..Nelson Chamisa Is Disemboweled By Mugabe


    iWalk reply on April 14th, 2009 2:46 pm:

    I think national heroes should be remember forever for the whole nation. In our country, Millions soldiers died in the war against Japan.
    But we don’t have such days. That’s a pity.


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  • Sifali Bitkiler said:

    Hello guy did you’r had other videos ? I liked letter cultivate so my dad … ..


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