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NY Times Features Qingming Festival Rituals At Kensico

Qingming rituals at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla were highlighted in the New York Times.
Qingming rituals at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla were highlighted in the New York Times. Photo Credit: Courtesy dagtho.blogspot.com

VALHALLA, N.Y. – Families gathered last weekend at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla to honor the Chinese festival of Qingming a few days early, the New York Times reported Friday.

“Kensico Cemetery has the hilly topography favored by the Chinese tradition — hilltop burial sites have good feng shui — which makes it particularly busy this time of year,” the Times reported. “Cemetery officials managed the crowds by making all 12 miles of roads one-way, bringing in portable toilets and about a dozen extra maintenance workers. They also prepared to douse incense embers at the end of the day.”

The festival of Qingming is a time for tending graves that dates back to the Tang dynasty and is recognized as a public holiday in China.  This year it fell on Thursday, but many families honored it over the previous weekend.

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