10,000 pay homage to legendary ancestor of Chinese

08:46, April 06, 2011      

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Over 10,000 Chinese from home and abroad gathered for the traditional Qingming Festival on Tuesday to pay homage to the Huangdi, or the Yellow Emperor, a figure in Chinese mythology who is considered to be the ancestor of all Chinese people.

The festival, also called Tomb Sweeping Day, is a 2,500-year-old tradition observed in China to mourn the deaths of ancestors and loved ones. It fell on Tuesday this year.

Yan Junqi, vice-chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC), and Wu Poh-hsiung, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) Party in Taiwan, took part in the ceremony.

"We cherish the day so much. And we should continue to strengthen cooperation and exchanges and to seek common ground while putting aside differences," said Wu.

Wu and his wife presented a funeral wreath and bowed three times in their first homage before the Yellow Emperor's tomb in Huangling County in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

A memorial dance accompanied by a 10-minute eulogy combining the odes of late chairman Mao Zedong and revolutionary forerunner Sun Yat-sen for the Yellow Emperor was performed at the emperor's tomb.

Mao and Sun, two Chinese national heroes, had both paid homage to the Chinese national ancestor.

This year marks the centenary of China's epoch-making 1911 Revolution, also known as the Xinhai Revolution, which ended the imperial rule of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and gave birth to Asia's first republic.

Sun is the forerunner of the democratic revolution and also the founder of the Kuomintang, or the Nationalist Party of China.

"I was touched by the 34 drumbeats representing all Chinese and the dance with odes written by Mao Zedong and Sun Yat-sen," said Chan Huei-yuan, who was in attendance from Taipei of Taiwan.

At the annual ceremony, a drum was struck 34 times, once for each Chinese provincial-level region, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

"That is the resonance of our passion as we have common roots here," Chan said. "It is my great honor as a descendent of the Yellow Emperor to come here to commemorate him," said Lau Songxiang, chairman of the Taiwan-based Chinese Enterprise Ring.

Leading a delegation of dozens of Taiwan entrepreneurs, Lau expected to bring technologies in the fields of new energy, environmental protection and modern agriculture from Taiwan to forge cooperation with companies on the Chinese mainland, especially in the western regions.

"It is exciting to see so many Chinese from around the world here at a family reunion. With the eternal bond of Chinese people, I'm confident of a bright future for our cooperation, bringing together the technology and management expertise from Taiwan and the energy and resources on the mainland," Lau said.

Source: Xinhua
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