(DALIANNEWS)- Start of Autumn, or Li Qiu in Chinese, one of the 24 solar terms in China lunar calendar and the first one of autumn, falls on August 7 this year. Traditionally, it signifies the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, forcasting that the summer is passing away and the weather turns cold gradually. However, the summer heat is still difficult to dispel even when it enters autumn. There is still the "tailing threat of overheat" called Autumn Tiger, which usually lasts for 30 days. When the autumn begins, people can also feel the wind is getting cool and see fogs in the morning sometimes. It's also a season of harvest.
Tieqiubiao(Get Autumn Fat)
Chinese people keep the custom of Tieqiubiao, or getting the autumn fat, by eating meat on the day of Start of Autumn in order to replenish nutrition from summer.
People usually eat watermalons on that day to prevent from diseases.
Liqiu Festival, also called July Festival, starts on August 7 or 8 every year. The history can trace back to Zhou Dynasty.
Autumn Busy Meeting
The event is held for welcoming busy autumn. Its purpose is to exchange production tools, sell animals and exchange food and household goods.
In Zhejiang Province, there is a tradition of eating peach on the day of Start of Autumn. When finishing eating peaches, people keep the peach cores and burn them until New Year's Eve. People think that this tradition can prevent from plague for the whole year.