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24 Solar Terms: 9 things you must know about Start of Spring

Updated: 2021-02-03 08:27 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Welcoming spring

Image of Gou Mang, the god of Spring. [Photo/gmw.cn]

People in China began holding a special ceremony on the first day of Start of Spring about 3,000 years ago. They made sacrifices to Gou Mang, the god of Spring, who is in charge of agriculture. By the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), greeting spring had become an important folk activity. In Beijing, government officials welcomed spring in the wild field near Dongzhimen (the east gate of Beijing).

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