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Qing Ming Festival: Lesson Plan

Suitable for Years 4-6

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Ignite Curiosity!

Sacrificial offering in the Qingming Festival
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Look at these photos, which are from an important Chinese festival.

What might the festival be about? What might happen at this festival?

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Explore Ideas!


Qingming Festival, which is known as Tomb Sweeping Festival ​is an important festival in Chinese culture that acknowledges ​Chinese ancestors who are no longer here.

Popular activities during this festival include:

  • Sweeping and decorating ancestral graves
  • Making food offerings
  • Burning paper money
  • Having picnics and kite flying
  • Eat Qingtuan - green dumplings made from glutinous rice ​and mugwort of barley grass


Watch the videos to learn more about the various offerings ​and associated activities.

Day of the Dead Decorations


Discuss other festivals based on the idea of the departed. A mainstream example of this is Halloween.

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NOTE for educators:

Please watch these videos ​before you show them to decide ​if they are suitable for your ​students as different cultures ​and religions view death and ​these festivals differently.

TASK: Compare and contrast

Choose 1 festival you've learnt about that is similar to Qing Ming Festival. Complete a 5Ws task to identify ​the key information for both this festival and Qing Ming Jie e.g. Who celebrates it, Why is it celebrated, Where ​do people go, How is it celebrated, etc?

Then use this information to brainstorm similarities and differences between the festivals, thinking about ​different aspects of each festival.

Create a T table, Venn Diagram, infographic or poster to compare the two festivals. You can use Canva, ​Google Slides, Mindomo, or any platform you wish, including handwriting/drawing.

Share your work with others to educate them about Qing Ming Festival!

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MAKE a Kite

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Popular activities for children on this day, other than ​visiting and sweeping the graves of their ancestors, ​are having picnics with their families, kite flying and ​admiring the Spring blossoms that come out this time ​of year.


Make a kite! Use this video, or your own resources, to ​make a kite in pairs or individually. Then take your kites ​outside and fly them on a windy day.

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Make a spring bossom painting

Spring blossoms are out around the time of Qing Ming Festival ​and are beautiful to look at. Discuss which plants and flowers ​you see around your school and community during Springtime.


Create your own blossom painting window hanging. Click here ​for instructions.

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Make a spring bossom painting

Qing Ming literally means ‘clear’ and ‘bright’ which describes ​the weather in China at this time.

Spring blossoms are out around the time of Qing Ming ​Festival and are beautiful to look at. Celebrating blossoms ​in Springtime is a favourite activity in Japan in Springtime ​too.


Look at the different images of Spring blossoms or Cherry ​blossoms in Google Arts and Culture here.


Create your own blossom painting using cotton buds.

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  • Share your students’ fantastic work with your school community to show them the great intercultural ​learning taking place in your classroom!

  • Create a Learning Wall for all the learning your class makes about this festival and their new cultural ​knowledge!

  • Prepare a short piece to share at assembly or even to other classrooms to educate others about this ​festival.
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  • Tag @MegGlobalEd on school posts so we can celebrate your students’ wonderful work. Find Meg on ​Facebook, LinkedIn, X/Twitter, and Instagram.
Woman Visiting Relatives Grave On Ching Ming Festival