Heavy raindrops fall like tears on Qingming;
The mourner's heart is breaking on his way.
When asked where could a tavern be found,
A cowherd points yonder to Xing Hua (Apricot flower) Village.
- Du Mu 杜牧 (803–852)
In Nepal we do not celebrate Qingming festival 清明節. However every tea lover worth his salt knows the importance of this Chinese festival in the world of tea. What that is, I leave it to you to find out! Along the way, please find out about Du Mu who wrote that poem above and Zhang Zeduan 張擇端 (1085-1145) who painted the famous Qingming scroll.
The festival itself is dedicated to the honour of ancestors. Families visit the burial grounds of their ancestors to pay their respects.
This blogpost and the images of tea from Jun Chiyabari's very first day of production is dedicated to all tea lovers worldwide and to our respected ones to guide us in the days ahead.
A word of apology. The poem above had been posted in one of my earlier blogposts.
Images: Tea from the very first day of production. (March 2013)
Top: Dry tea leaves
Mid: The liquor after 5 minutes of brewing
Bottom: Infused leaves