Every year before May 5, it is the "Beginning of Summer" in the 24 solar terms of the Chinese lunar calendar
(this year, the beginning of this year is May 6). The beginning of summer is summer. The "summer" is the meaning of "big",
which means that the plants planted in spring have grown up.
In ancient times, people attached great importance to the custom of “Beginning of Summer”.
On this day , the emperors of the ancient times asked the officials to go to the southern suburbs of
the capital to meet the summer and hold the summer ceremony. People in the long life and production practice, summarizes the
weather changes on the relationship between the daily life and agricultural production, many people are still in the summer and
cloudy measure a year there, best when think of summer rain,Otherwise there will be no good harvest this year.
What do people eat on this day?
Hangzhou has a taste of "wild summer rice" in the summer. In today, children come in droves, begging for rice
and meat from their neighbors. Then go to the field to dig wild vegetables, bamboo shoots, use stone to set up
the stove, burn white, known as eat "wild summer rice" or "beginning a summer meal". The custom is to be better
than a beggar, to avoid disaster. After the meal, the adults brought baskets and scales. Weigh the children and see
how much heavier they are than last year.
Shanghai is eating eggs in this day. On the day of the beginning of the summer, the children wore an egg wrapped
in a red net around their necks. It is customary to eat taro and a pancake mix on the day of the beginning of the
summer and weigh yourself at noon, both men and women.
What an interesting holiday it is!