The Spring equinox

The Spring equinox

Spring equinox, one of the 24 solar terms, is the fourth solar term in spring, which intersects on March 20 or March 21 of the Gregorian calendar every year. At the spring equinox, the direct point of the sun is on the equator. Since then, the direct point of the Sun continues to move northward. In ancient times, it was also known as "day-night equinox" and "Mid Spring Month".

Spring equinox is an important solar term, which is of great significance in Astronomy: equinox in the northern and southern hemispheres. In terms of climate, it also has obvious characteristics. Since this day, the direct position of the Sun continues to move from the equator to the northern hemisphere, with the days gradually increasing and the nights gradually shortening in the northern hemisphere. After the spring equinox, the temperature picked up quickly, everything recovered, and the rape flowers in the field had fully revealed their golden flowers; the tea farmers also started a year of tea making work; at the same time, other crops also arrived at the best planting and management season.

From the spring solar term to the Qingming solar term, it is the sprouting period of vegetation growth, the human blood is also in a vigorous period, and the hormone level is also in a relative peak period. At this time, common non infectious diseases are hypertension, menstrual disorders, hemorrhoids and allergic diseases. In this solar term, we should choose a diet which can keep the balance of the body function according to our own actual situation. We should not make mistakes in the diet which is too hot, too cold, too high or too low. For example, when cooking cold foods such as fish, shrimp, crab, etc., the principle must be accompanied by warm condiments such as onion, ginger, wine, vinegar, so as to prevent the dishes from being too cold and too cold, which will damage the spleen and stomach and cause abdominal disturbments For example, when eating chives, garlic, papaya and other Yang supporting dishes, eggs are often used to nourish yin to achieve the purpose of complementing Yin and Yang. In the mind to maintain a relaxed and happy, optimistic and upward mental state. In the aspect of daily life, we should insist on proper exercise, regular sleep, quantitative meal, and take care of ourselves purposefully, so as to achieve the best effect of health preservation.

The spring equinox custom - Egg erecting

In the Spring equinox, tens of millions of people around the world will do "egg erecting" experiments. As early as 4000 years ago, there was a tradition of laying eggs at the spring equinox in China. In order to celebrate the arrival of spring, people egg erecting to show the equinox. This tradition gradually spread and gradually evolved into a tradition of praying for good luck.

The spring equinox custom - Spring sacrifice

At the spring equinox in February, people began to visit tombs and worship ancestors, also called spring sacrifice. Before the folk tomb sweeping, a grand ancestor worship ceremony should be held in the ancestral hall, including killing pigs, sheep, chanting and offering sacrifices. At the beginning of spring equinox tomb sweeping, the first thing to do is to sweep and sacrifice the tombs of kaijizu and Yuanzu. The whole family and the whole village have to go out on a large scale, often with hundreds or even thousands of people.

The spring equinox custom - Eating spring food

Eating spring food is not a common custom of spring equinox, but in some places in the south of the five ridges in China, there is also an unwritten custom of eating spring food on the Equinox Day. In fact, spring vegetable is a kind of wild amaranth, commonly known as "Spring Artemisia". On the vernal equinox, people gather spring vegetables by chance, and look for them in the fields. They are green, slender, and about the length of palms, which is wild amaranth.