APR. 2013 ISSUE 31
SPONSORED BY THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF YULIN
“The whole dignity of man lies in the power of thought.”
Lei Feng’s Spirit
Everyone probably knows who Lei Feng is, but how many, like Leifeng, serve the people? “Study Lei Feng, make a contribution, and show an elegant demeanor.” This year, We will hold many activities and do a lot of volunteer work in order to inherit the spirit of Lei Feng.
Some volunteer activities were held in our school before. For example: sewing clothes, putting small cards on restaurant tables, and writing “learn from Lei Feng’s spirit, striving to be the best” throughout the school and on some banners. I think these may remind some people of Lei Feng. This may cause those people to rethink their actions.
A man, named Peng Yu, helped up a fallen old woman, Xu, in Nanjing bus station, but Mrs Xu told everyone that the man hit her. It seemed very unfair to the man, but he was sued by the woman. We all know the man was warmhearted, but why was he sued by the woman? Maybe it was so that she could have fame, money or a comfortable life. Some people claim Lei Feng’s spirit has gone out of style in today’s society. Do you think Lei Feng’s spirit is still useful in today’s society?
Class 3, Grade 1
Qing Ming Festival
The official name of the festival is Qing Ming, or Ch’ing Ming Festival. It is also called “Tomb Sweeping Day.” It is a traditional festival in China. This festival is about remembering our past ancestors on April 4th or 5th. People will clean and sweep the graves, honor their ancestors, offer food to the deceased, and burn joss paper.
The festival originated from Han Shi Day, a memorial day for a man called Jie Zitui. He died in 636 BC in the spring. He was one of the many followers of Emperor of Jin. Qing Ming has a tradition stretching in 732. In Tang dynasty, the Emperor declared that respects could be formally paid at ancestors graves only on Qing Ming. The observance of Qing Ming found a firm place in Chinese culture and has continued since Ancient China.
Importantly, young and old pray before the ancestors. They sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, chopsticks, and joss paper to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors. I still remember when I was a little girl, my mother took me to my grandfather’s tomb and we burnt joss paper for him with a sad mood.
With the development of society, many people forget to hold memorial ceremonies for their ancestors. Personally, I think we have to remember it and honor this traditional festival every year. That is not only a conventional custom, but also a good way to protect our Chinese traditional culture.