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08:57, May 24, 2012

Grain in Ear

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

Grain in Ear

Introduction
“Grain in Ear” means the grains are mature. It happens around June 5 every year when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 75 degrees. During this period, crops like barley and wheat all get mature and are waiting to be harvested. In Chinese, “Grain in Ear” is called Mang Zhong. Mang means grains at the same time busy. It forecasts the farmer is getting back to the busy field work. It’s the busiest time to seed millet and the deadline for sowing activities. During this period, areas around middle stream and downstream of Yangtze River enter the raining season. Sensing the wetness, the mantis comes out, the shrike starts to sing and the mockingbird stops tweet.

Traditional Customs
As the flowers withered away, people in old times used to hold ceremony to sacrifice for the “God of Flowers”, showing their gratitude and their eagerness to see the flowers again next year. This custom is already long gone and people can only read the scene in some of the ancient novels. In China’s south Anhui province, people steam dumplings with new fresh wheat flour after seeding the paddy rice. They make the flour into different shapes such as cereals, animals, vegetables and fruits, color them and pray for villagers’ safety.

Healthy Living Tips
The best food to eat during “Grain in Ear” period, as suggested by Chinese doctors, is mulberry. Around two thousand years ago, mulberry had already been considered as royal food and among the folk, it was called the “Holy Fruit”. It has abundant glucose, cane sugar, Vitamin A, B and C and many mineral substances and is very good for human’s heart, liver and kidney.

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