Insects Awaken with the Arrival of Spring: A Gentle Breeze and Thunder Stir Them from Their Slumber.

Gamingdeputy news on March 5th, today is the awakening of insects, the spring breeze is stirring, the spring thunder is beginning to roar, and nature is full of life again.

Jingzhe, also known as “Qizhe”, means to wake up the stinging insects that hibernate underground and overwinter., is the third solar term among the twenty-four solar terms. The iconic feature of the Jingzhe solar term is the sudden movement of spring thunder and the vitality of all things.


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The origin of the Waking of Insects

In history, Jingzhe was once called Qizhe, and there is a record of “Qizhe in the first month” in “Xia Xiaozheng”. In addition, in today's Chinese character cultural circle, Japan still uses the name Qizhe.

According to historical records, the taboo of Emperor Han Jing, the sixth emperor of the Han Dynasty, was “Qi”. In order to avoid the taboo, he changed the word “Qi” in Qi Zhe to the word “Jing” with a similar meaning. At the same time, the order of the Waking of Insects in the first lunar month of Mengchun and the “rain” in the second lunar month of mid-spring has also been changed. Similarly, the order of “Grain Rain” and “Qingming” has also been replaced.

Before the early Han Dynasty, the beginning of spring – Qizhe – rain – vernal equinox – Grain Rain – Qingming


Emperor Jing of the Han Dynasty: Beginning of Spring – Rain – Waking of Insects – Vernal Equinox – Qingming – Grain Rain

After entering the Tang Dynasty, the taboo of the word “Qi” was no longer necessary, and the name “Qizhe” was used again. However, due to some unaccustomed reasons, the Dayan calendar once again used the word “Jingzhe” and it is still used today.

Climate characteristics

After entering the hibernation, the climate will undergo significant changes, with temperatures rising and rain increasing. In farming areas, farmers gradually became busy. The south wind brings warmth to Jiujiujiang River, and the green fields begin to plow in the spring.

At this time, under normal circumstances, except for the northeast and northwest regions, which are still covered in snow, the average temperature in most other regions has risen above 0°C. The average daily temperature in North China is 3-6°C, and in the Jiangnan region The temperature is above 8℃, while it reaches 10-15℃ in Southwest and South China.

In addition, spring thunder has gradually occurred in most areas of the Yangtze River Basin. In most parts of southern my country, you can hear the first thunder of spring even if it rains all year round. Except for some special years, the thunder in northwestern China generally does not occur until the Qingming Festival, making it the latest area for thunderstorms to start in most parts of southern my country.

Jingzhe health care

After the Waking of Insects, everything revives. It is the season when spring flowers bloom, but it is also the season when various viruses and bacteria are active. On the other hand, during the Jingzhe season, the liver and yang energy of the human body gradually rises, and the yin and blood are relatively insufficient. Health preservation should follow the rising of yang energy and the characteristics of the birth of all things, so that one's own spirit, emotions, and qi and blood will be as good as the spring day. Relaxed, smooth and full of vitality.

From the perspective of diet, the diet and daily life during the Waking of Insects should be in harmony with the nature of the liver, help the spleen, and make the five internal organs peaceful. It is advisable to eat more light foods rich in plant protein and vitamins and less animal fat foods. You can eat more duck blood, spinach, aloe vera, radish, bitter melon, agaric, celery, rape, yam, lotus seeds, white fungus and other foods.

Since spring corresponds to the liver, improper health maintenance can damage the liver. Modern epidemiological surveys have also confirmed that Jingzhe is a season of high incidence of liver diseases. In addition, diseases such as influenza, meningococcal meningococcal disease, chickenpox, herpes zoster, and epidemic hemorrhagic fever are prone to epidemics during this period, so we must strictly guard against such diseases.

Waking of Insects custom

  • Sacrificing White Tiger

White tiger sacrifices are mainly held in Guangdong.

In the minds of ancient people, tigers are both terrifying and respectable animals. On the one hand, it is extremely ferocious and can ward off evil spirits. At the same time, the tiger is a carnivore and often kills poultry, livestock and people.

Cantonese people believe that hibernating animals start to look for food after being awakened by spring thunder. At this time, white tigers will also come out of the mountains to look for food. In order to ensure a safe year, white tigers must be sacrificed on the day of “Jingzhe”.

White tigers are usually made of yellow paper, with black stripes on their bodies and fangs at their mouths. The prepared white tiger is placed in front of the altar. When worshiping, the fat pork coated with pig blood is smeared on the tiger's mouth, which means “if you eat enough oil and water, you will not open your mouth to hurt others.”

  • Awakening of Insects and Eating Pears

Jingzhe also has the custom of eating pears.

The weather gets significantly warmer after the Waking of Insects, and people are prone to dry mouth and exogenous coughs. Pears are cold in nature and sweet in taste, and have the effects of moistening the lungs, relieving coughs, nourishing yin and clearing away heat. Eating pears at this time is very nourishing to the body.

There are many ways to eat pears. They can be eaten raw, steamed, or juiced. If you have a severe cough, you can also steam pears with rock sugar. On the one hand, you should eat pears, and on the other hand, you should try to eat as little irritating food as possible, such as chili, pepper, etc.

  • Villain hitting

On the day of Jingzhe, it is probably similar to offering sacrifices to the white tiger, to prevent villains from hurting others on the day of Jingzhe.

In ancient times, on the day of the Awakening of Insects, people would hold scented incense and mugwort and smoke them in the four corners of their homes to drive away snakes, insects, mosquitoes, rats and musty smells. Over time, it gradually evolved into the habit of slapping those who were unhappy with their enemies and driving away bad luck. That is the predecessor of “beating the villain”.

Note: This article was originally published from Gamingdeputy's “Today the Spring Thunder is beginning to wake up, and the gentle rain from the south brings warmth”, with slight modifications.