Today is Autumnal Equinox | #It is Autumn as well as the Best Meeting

“As white dew appears at the autumnal equinox night, it’s getting colder night after night.” 

The autumnal equinox is not only an important time of seasonal change, but also the time when cold air sweeps in.  

Autumnal Equinox Customs

1. Eat autumn vegetable on the autumnal equinox  

In the south of Five Ridges, the Hakka people have the custom of eating autumn vegetables. The autumn vegetable is a kind of wild amaranth and the villagers there call it Qiubihao. On the day of the autumn equinox, the whole village went to pick autumn vegetable. It is made in the same way as spring soup. It is made with fillets of fish, and the doggerel of autumn Equinox is changed into“Pour in the autumn soup to wash the liver and intestines, the whole family will be safe and healthy.”

2, Stick the sparrow mouth  

On the day of Autumn Equinox, Hakka farmers have a holiday according to custom. Each family should eat Tangyuan (glutinous rice dumplings), and they should boil the unstuffed dumplings and put them on the edge of the field outdoors with a thin bamboo fork, which is called sticking the mouth of the sparrow, so as to avoid their damaging the crops.

3. Fly a kite  

Autumn Equinox is also a good time for Hakka children to fly kites, especially on the day of the autumnal equinox. Even adults would participate. There are different kinds of kite, such as the kite shaped like Chinese character““, the silver carp kite, the squint moth kite, the thunderbolt worm kite, the moon light kite, etc. The big kite may be two meters high, while the small one two or three feet.  

The fallen leaves let us know the cold of autumn,  

While the mild wind understands human feelings.  

The autumn trees bear rich fruits,  

And the warm sun shines in my heart. 

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