China’s Tomb-sweeping Festival (清明节)
104 days after the winter solstice, communities in China, Taiwan and parts of Southeast Asia observe Qingming Festival (清明节), a bittersweet holiday that commemorates deceased family members and celebrates the coming spring season.
People celebrate Qingming by paying visits to their ancestors’ grave sites where they sweep the tombs and bring offerings of food or burning joss paper. Picnics, outdoor strolls and kite-flying are also common on this day as people take in the emerging greenery of the season.
The festival was first officially observed in the Tang Dynasty under Emperor Xuanzhong in 732 CE, and has been a consistent part of Chinese art and culture ever since.
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Rhyolite Ghost Town
In Nye County, Nevada, about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, rest the remains of Rhyolite, one of the many abandoned ghost towns scattered throughout the American west. The town became a booming hub near a promising gold mine during the Gold Rush in the first decade of the 1900s, but its success was short-lived: the mine was exhausted, the 1906 earthquake hit and people left in droves. By 1920, its population had dropped to zero.
Today, Rhyolite remains a popular tourist destination off the beaten path. Most of the town lies in ruin, but partial remains of the train station, school house and bank still stand as reminders of the town’s prior success.