作为中国人，对于这些从小看大的习俗我们当然不会陌生，可如果问你“清明”用英文怎么讲、就未必知道了吧！首先我们要清楚的是：作为节日的清明节、和作为节气的清明节，它们的英文说法是不同的。作为节日的清明节一般翻译为"Tomb Sweeping festival"或者"Tomb-sweeping Day"，扫墓节或扫墓日。这个翻译着重强调了清明节的重要习俗“扫墓”。这种说法的好处是，老外一听就能大概明白这个节日的背后含义。
Qing Ming is popularly associated with Jie Zi Tui, who lived in Shanxi province in 600 B.C.Legend has it that Jie saved his starving lord's life by serving a piece of his own leg. When the lord succeeded in becoming the ruler of a small principality,he invited his faithful follower to join him. However, Jie declined his invitation, preferring to lead a hermit's life with his mother in the mountains.
Believing that he could force Jie out by burning the mountain, the lord ordered his men to set the forest on fire. To his consternation, Jie chose to remain where he was and was burnt to death. To commemorate Jie, the lord ordered all fires in every home to be put out on the anniversary of Jie's death. Thus began the "cold food feast", a day when no food could be cooked since no fire could be lit.
The "cold food" festival occurs on the eve of Qing Ming and is often considered as part of the Qing Ming festival. As time passes, the Qing Ming festival replaced the "cold food" festival. Whatever practice is observed，the basic observation of Qing Ming is to remember one's elders by making a special effort to visit their graves, ashes or ancestral tablets. To make the visit even more meaningful, some time should be spent to remind the younger members of the family of the lives and contributions of their ancestors, and the story of Jie Zi Zhui who choose death over capitulation.
cleaning the tomb清扫坟墓
paying respect to the dead person with offerings（including a veriety of food, fruits, drinks and flowers）用祭品来纪念逝者
Not only is it a day for commemorating the dead, but it is also a time for people to enjoy themselves.清明时分，不但怀念逝者，也正是享受生活的时节。
Flying kites is also closely associated with the Qingming Festival. 放风筝也是和清明节密切联系的一项活动。
Spring outings not only add joy to life but also promote a healthy mind and body.清明节外出踏青等活动不仅给生活增添了欢乐，也促进了身心的健康。