Today is the start of The Waking of Insects (Chinese：惊蛰jīng zhé ), the third solar term of the year. This is the next segment of Spring, and although over the last two weeks weather has been particularly chilly. The buds setting on trees. Also, the house the birds are singing so loud it is hard to ignore them. The earth is slowly waking from Winter’s sleep. The date of The Waking of Insects is 5th or 6th March each year depending on the movement of the sun. In 2022, The Waking of Insects starts from 5th March and ends on 19th March.
It is dry in spring and it's easy to get thirsty, which often makes people cough, so people in some places eat pears at the Waking of Insects as a custom. Crispy and delicious pear has the effect of moistening the lungs and relieving cough, nourishing yin and clearing heat. Pears can be eaten raw, boiled or juiced. Which way do you prefer?
The thunder wakes up the animals in hibernation, together with all kinds of insects when it is warm outside around the Waking of the Insects. People will take the lighted incense and mugwort to drive away insects and ants at every corner of their house.