大暑(Dashu) Great Heat 23 July 2018

大暑(Dashu) Great Heat is one of the twenty four solar terms and the last solar term of summer. As its name suggests, It marks the hottest part of the year. Lotuses and jasmine blooms. According to regional customs, people eat mutton in Shandong, grass jelly in Guangdong and litchi in Putian because of the heat. Some areas have the customs of cricket fighting. Fishermen in Zhejiang have the custom of making a miniature “Great Heat Boat” filled with offerings and sending it out to sea set on fire as a form of religious sacrifice to pray for a bumper harvest and a peaceful life.

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