CHINA Traditions on the autumn equinox


Traditions on the autumn equinox

People's Daily Online

09:04, September 22, 2020

Day and night are equally long, summer and winter are equally far apart, are you aware you are in the autumn equinox? OnThisDay, people will stand eggs on end, bless farmers with cattle-plowing paintings for a good harvest, fly kites and eat wild amaranth across China. Standing eggs on end: It is believed that the autumn equinox is a perfect time to standing eggs on end, because people have more responsive mind and agile actions.

Blessing farmers with cattle-plowing paintings for a good harvest: Folk rap talkers will bless farmers with a good harvest, and farmers in response will buy cattle-plowing paintings from the rappers as an auspicious omen

Flying kites: In ancient times, people did not have good medical resources. So to pray for good health, they wrote their medical issues on a paper kite. When the kite was in the air, people would cut off the string to let the paper kite float away, symbolizing the flying away of diseases.

Eating wild amaranth: Villagers in southern China will pick and eat wild amaranth, a typical autumn vegetable, to clear the liver and intestines and to stay healthy.

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