Greeting Start of Summer
Date: 2022-05-06Source: 甬派Page views: Author: Jin LuFont-Size: [ large medium small ]Color:

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Start of Summer(Chinese: 立夏), the 7th term of the year, begins on May 5 and ends on May 21 this year. On the morning of May 5, kids from Baoshan kindergarten greet the solar term by egg competitions and weighing people.

As an old Chinese saying goes "hanging an egg on children's chest can prevent them from getting summer diseases", parents will prepare boiled eggs and put them in a knitted bag before hanging them on their child's chest.

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On that day, children gather together to play egg competitions by colliding each other's eggs in pairs and the one whose egg is not broken wins.

The custom of weighing people at the Start of Summer originated from the Three Kingdoms Period (220-180) and prevails in South China today. It was believed this practice would bring health and good luck to the people weighted.

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After lunch on the day of Start of Summer, people would suspend a stool or basket from a beam. The young and old took turns to get weighed while the person calculating the weight would offer good wishes and auspicious words. It is said those who were weighed would stay healthy in the hot summer and those who weren't would suffer illness.

By Jin Lu

Photo by Tang Yan



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