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Posted: Monday, March 5, 2018 12:00:00 AM
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Feast of Excited Insects

Known as Gyeongchip in Korea and as Ching Che in China, the Feast of Excited Insects marks the transition from winter to spring. It is the day when the insects are said to come back to life after hibernating all winter. In China, it is the day when "the dragon raises his head," summoning the insects back to life, and people perform various rituals designed to prepare for the onslaught. In Korea, this is one of 24 days in the lunar calendar that marks the beginning of a new season. Farmers prepare their fields and begin planting their barley, cabbage, and other vegetables. More...
Posted: Monday, March 5, 2018 12:15:28 PM

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We've had over 70 inches of snow this winter, 4 last night! Looking toward to the insects coming long as the snow goes away first!

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Posted: Monday, March 5, 2018 2:27:11 PM

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Chinese Groundhog Day/Excited Insects Day

Chinese Ground Hog Day, Chinese Insects Awake Day or Excited Insects Day is one of the 24 Chinese solar divisions. Hibernated animals should come back and rejoice the arrival of Spring and it marks the beginning of new life. This includes creepy crawly insects and bugs which most people would rather squash when they see one. And somehow this turns into beating up paper tigers that symbolizing your enemies or what we called petti people such that you will be free of trouble or misfortune.

Canal Street in Wanchai is “THE” street for beating ‘petti people’ Many old ladies there will sell you incense sticks and yellow paper tigers. It’s up to you to write your enemies’ name on the paper tiger or not. Some people even tuck the photo of the enemy into the paper tiger. Common enemies are bosses, husband’s mistress or even Tung Chee Wah (the first Chief Executive of HK) when people dislike his policy. Then you pay the old lady $50 and she will beat that paper tiger for you with a shoe. I often thought that the old lady will curse your enemy for you while she is beating up the paper tiger. But it is said that it is not necessarily the case. Some people simply ask the shoe-beater to pray for their family and free of misfortune. Another form of praying.

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