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08:57, May 24, 2012

Stopping the Heat

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

Stopping the Heat

Introduction
“Stopping the Heat” happens on August 23 each year when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 150 degrees. At this point, the hot summer passes and heat stops. Although many of the places in China still have a day average temperature of more than 22 degree Celsius, the cold air comes from the north make the weather cool down slowly. It’s usually hot in the day and cold in the morning and in the evening. In this season, the eagle starts to hunt birds, many plants and flowers start to wither, and crops like millet, paddy rice and fine grain all get mature.

Traditional Customs
Here are some popular customs during “Stopping the Heat”.
- Welcoming the autumn: around “Stopping the Heat”, there are often celebrating activities in the folk to welcome the autumn. Nowadays, people often take a trip in the mountains to enjoy the beautiful autumn views.
- Lighting up the lantern: People light a lantern on a lotus shaped foundation and put it in the river or the sea. It’s to help the ghost of those who died in water found their way to heaven.
- Fishing Festival: As to the fishermen, this period is a good time for fishing. The temperature of the sea is still warm and there are a lot of fish, prawns and shellfish in the open sea area.

Healthy Living Tips
As Chinese often say, “It’s sleepy in the spring and tired in the autumn”. This is the period that people often feel tired and difficult to get up in the morning. In order to have enough sleep, it’s better to go to bed before 10:00am and increase one hour of sleep than in summer. When autumn comes, it’s better to eat light dishes rather than something like BBQ, or spicy meat. Foods with more vitamins are very good for health, for example, tomatoes, eggplant, potato and pear.

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