Shandong Culture

24 Solar Terms: 5 things you may not know about the Start of Summer

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2018-05-04
24 Solar Terms: 5 things you may not know about the Start of Summer

Weigh a Baby on the Start of Summer (right), by Feng Yuan. [Photo/artron.net]

Checking one's weight

The custom of weighing people at the Start of Summer originated from the Three Kingdoms Period (220-180) and prevails in South China today. It was believed this practice would bring health and good luck to the people weighted.

After lunch on the day of Start of Summer, people would suspend a stool or basket from a beam. The young and old took turns to get weighed while the person calculating the weight would offer good wishes and auspicious words. It is said those who were weighed would stay healthy in the hot summer and those who weren't would suffer illness.