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____________ Ming in Chinese means "clear and bright". In western terms, this holiday is a Chinese memorial day. It is a time of sentimental remembrance of those who have passed on by those who continue. ____________ is a time to rejoice in the communion of ongoing ____________ and a time ____________ ponder eternal thoughts. Entire families take the day ____________ repair their forebearers' resting places. Graves are swept, manicured, fresh flowers placed, ____________ perhaps a few new bushes or trees are planted. Offerings of meats, vegetables, wine, and often a complete dinner ____________ arranged and placed in front of the tombs. Other offerings of paper money and ____________ ____________ ____________ wealth are ____________ in the belief that ____________ ____________ transform into real wealth for their ancestors in the ____________ world.

Members of the family will bow to express their respect ____________ transmit their regards. Usually, the eldest begins this portion of the rite by reading a prayer which is subsequently burned amidst the explosion of ____________ Thus, the spirits of ____________ ancestors are soothed. Their devoted offsprings have not neglected or forgotten them.

Ching Ming traces its roots to the deep attachment that Chinese feel for the land from which they sprang. It ____________ a feeling of "home" that is inseparable from the physical place. A classic illustration of how fervently Chinese ____________ this bond is evidenced by the custom of ____________ an actual piece of earth from their home ____________ an amulet when traveling to faraway places.

Spring is ____________ ____________ best time for memorial ____________ ____________ blossoming of flowers, and the fresh green ____________ of Spring, ____________ ____________ truth feeling of rebirth.

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