(DALIANNEWS)- Grain in Ear, the 9th solar term, begins on June 6 and ends on June 20 this year. It begins when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 75° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 90°. During this period, crops like barley and wheat all get mature and are waiting to be harvested. It is the busiest time to seed millet and the deadline for sowing activities.
Say Farewell to the Flora
As the “Grain in Ear” approaches, the flowers wither away. Chinese ancient people used to hold ceremony to sacrifice for the Flower Goddess during this period, showing their gratitude and eagerness to see the flowers again next year. However, this custom has already disappeared.
It's a traditional agricultural activity which dates from the Ming Dynasty in China's south Anhui province. People will hold the sacrificial ceremony after planting crops in the "Grain in Ear". They steam dumplings with new fresh wheat flour after seeding the paddy rice. They make the flour into different shapes such as cereals, animals, vegetables and fruits, color them and pray for villagers’ safety and a bump harvest in autumn.
The rite is regularly performed by Dong ethnic minority in southeastern Guizhou province around the "Grain in Ear". The newlyweds will plant crops together and throw muds to each other for amusement accompanied with their good friends. After the activity, they often regard the most muddy man as the most popular one.
Boil Green Plums
In southern part of China, the maturity of green plums falls in May and June every year. Green plums contain various natural high-quality organic acid and a plenty of minerals, with the unique health beneficial functions including cleaning blood and gut, reducing blood fat and tiredness, controlling acid-base equilibrium, as well as boosting immunity and skincaring. However, the taste of fresh green plums is too sour to eat, so it need the process to be boiled before serving.
(photo by Maria, translated by Liang Kunhong)