How Much Do You Know About Lichun?

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At 11:58 a.m. (Beijing Time) on February 4th, people across ‪‎China‬ will mark ‪‎Lichun‬ (立春)or the ‪Beginning of Spring‬.

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides a year into 24 solar terms, with Lichun being the first term. It refers to the day when the sun is at the celestial longitude of 315°.

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The day is usually marked with certain specific traditions:


Biting the spring:

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Chinese people eat spring rolls to observe the custom of “biting the spring”. Spring rolls refer to a thin sheet of rolled, stuffed, fried dough, with vegetables and meat inside. In some parts of China, people eat noodles and dumplings instead.


Erecting the egg:

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It’s believed that if someone can make an egg “stand up” on this day, he or she will have good luck throughout the year. If you are planning on giving this a try, it’s advisable to choose eggs that are 4 or 5 days old, as the yolk tends to sink down in them, making it more likely that they’d “stand up.”


Artworks on the door:

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People usually decorate the entrance to their homes with cut-outs of Chinese calligraphy or paintings.


A spring outgoing:

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Generally, families and friends tend to get together on the day for a picnic or some fun outdoor activities.


Source - cctv news


More pictures of eggs erecting on 04 Feb 2015:


In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia.

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In Penang, Malaysia.

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In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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