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24 Solar Terms: 9 things you may not know about Start of Autumn

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2018-08-07

24 Solar Terms: 9 things you may not know about Start of Autumn

Red Beans, by Lin Zhengming. [Photo/artron.net]

Eating red beans

Starting from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the Song Dynasty (960-1279), people in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, have eaten red beans on Start of Autumn day. They take seven to 14 little beans, swallowing them with well water. When taking the beans, one must face west, it is said, so as not to get dysentery during the autumn.