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24 Solar Terms · Beginning of Summer

24 Solar Terms · Beginning of Summer


The beginning of summer is the seventh solar term among the twenty-four solar terms, and the first solar term of summer is an important solar term that marks the peak season for the growth of all things. The festival takes place from May 5th to 7th in the Gregorian calendar each year. Almanac: "The Dou refers to the southeast, and the dimension is the beginning of summer. Everything grows up here, so it is named the beginning of summer." At this time, the handle of the Big Dipper points to the southeast, and the yellow longitude of the sun reaches 45 degrees.


The beginning of summer signifies farewell to spring. Spring is born, summer is long, autumn is harvested, winter is hidden, and until the beginning of summer, all things are flourishing. After the beginning of summer, the sunshine increased, gradually warming up, thunderstorms increased, and crops entered a stage of vigorous growth.

The customs of the beginning of summer

In rural areas of Zhejiang Province, "Seven Family Congee", also called "Seven Family Tea", must be eaten at the beginning of summer. Seven Congee is a large pot of Congee, which is made from rice from neighbors, beans and brown sugar. Qijia Tea refers to each family bringing freshly baked tea leaves from Baiji, mixing them, cooking or brewing them into a large pot of tea, and then having everyone gather together to drink together.


There is a proverb in Suzhou that says' see three new things at the beginning of summer '. 'San Xin' refers to newly ripe cherries, green plums, and wheat. At the same time, Suzhou Lixia also eats sea snails, gluten, white bamboo shoots, shepherd's purse, Salted duck egg, and green broad beans. On this day, hotels offer wine and Shaojiu to regular customers, without taking any money. Therefore, Lixia is also called a "feast".


Shanghai eats eggs in the summer. On the beginning of summer, children always hang an egg wrapped in a red net around their necks. There is also a custom in Shanghai that states, "On the day of the beginning of summer, there is a clear record of the festival and the beginning of summer. After eating, one should try to weigh the dishes at the stall." On the day of the beginning of summer, one should eat pancakes made of taro and cauliflower. At noon, regardless of gender, age, or age, one should weigh their weight.


In southern regions, bamboo shoots, locust beans, and "five color rice" are popular. In Sichuan and Yantan mountainous areas, families should eat bamboo shoots and locust beans. It's said that eating bamboo shoots makes it easier to climb mountains. Eating green plums and burning green tea to prevent summer boredom. There is also a custom of eating tofu, which says that eating tofu is not afraid of rain or red bee stings.


Lixia Health Preservation

Firstly, one should live a regular life and pay attention to the combination of work and rest; The diet should be light, avoid greasy or spicy foods, and eat more easily digestible and vitamin rich foods; You can drink more milk, eat more soy products, chicken, lean meat, etc. This can not only supplement nutrition, but also achieve the goal of nourishing and strengthening the heart; Eat more vegetables, fruits, and coarse grains in daily life to increase the supply of vitamin C and vitamin B, which plays a role in preventing arteriosclerosis; Drink more water to promote the excretion of heat causing substances from urine and sweat, achieving the goal of clearing heat and detoxifying.

At the beginning of summer, people should do a good job in mental health preservation, maintain a peaceful attitude, and avoid excessive joy, anger, and sadness; Do more quiet things, such as painting, practicing calligraphy, listening to music, playing chess, planting flowers, fishing, etc., to regulate tension and maintain a relaxed mood.


After the beginning of summer, people should increase their lunch break to allow the brain and various systems of the body to rest in a timely manner, eliminate fatigue, and maintain abundant energy. The nap time should vary from person to person, but should not be too long, generally ranging from half an hour to one hour. After waking up from a nap, it is not advisable to wake up immediately to work or study, as there is insufficient blood supply to the brain at this time, which can lead to brief brain functional disorders and make people feel dizzy and bloated. Therefore, it is advisable to lie quietly in bed for 10 minutes after waking up from a nap before waking up.

In addition, at the beginning of summer, people often wear thin clothes and sheets. Even healthy people should be cautious of catching colds. Once sick, they should not use sweating agents casually to avoid sweating too much and feeling sad.

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