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08:57, May 24, 2012

Grain Rain

Edited and translated by Xue Meng, People's Daily Online

Grain Rain

“Grain Rain” is the sixth solar term in the 24 solar terms. It is the last solar term in spring when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30 degrees around April 20 to April 21 every year. The term “Grain Rain” is originated from a folk story. When Cang Jie, an official from the Yellow Emperor period, created writing characters, grain came down from sky like rainfall. Therefore, the Yellow Emperor named this day as the “Grain Rain”. When this day comes, the amount of rainfall increases much than the day of “The Rain”, which is very important for the growth of the crops. After this day, the duckweed starts to grow after rainfall, the cuckoo starts to sing and hoopoe starts to appear on mulberry tree. The temperature in most of the basin areas increases quickly. Apart from the north-west part, most of the basin areas in China reach 20 to 22 degree Celsius.

Traditional Customs
Below are some traditional customs during “Grain Rain”.
- Picking and cooking tea leaves: “Grain Rain Tea” is the name for the tea made around the time of “Grain Rain”. It has a strong and fragrant taste and can last for a long time in water. Nowadays, “Grain Rain Tea” is considered as one of the best kinds of tea and many activities to promote Chinese tea culture and healthy way of drinking are held on this day.
- Blessing to the sea: “Grain Rain” is a perfect time for fishing since when temperature increases, the sea also gets warmer and many fishes swim in the sublittoral area. Fishermen often hold sacrifice ceremony for the sea to bless for safety and success on the sea.
- Killing insects: As the weather gets warmer, insects become more active. Farmers often use different methods to kill insects and pray at the same time.
- Taking a bath: In some of the north-west areas, people call the river showered by the rains during “Grain Rain” period as “Peach Blossom water”. Taking a bath in this water can help people be far away from the back luck.
- Eating cedrela sinensis

Healthy Living Tips
The most significant weather feature around “Grain Rain” is the big differences between morning temperatures and night temperatures. It’s important not to catch a cold. People should also pay attention to symptoms like hay fever, allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma.

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