‘Grain Rain’ means "hundreds of grains are created by the rain", because if rainfall is sufficient and timely, cereal crops will thrive. This term ranks 6th among the 24 solar terms and it occurs around April 20th each year; it is also the last solar term of spring.
Since 2010, Grain Rain has gained international status and has since been designated as "United Nations Chinese Day".
Let's take a look at how our teachers and third-grade students use artistic methods to grasp the ‘tail’ of spring.
Drawings illustrating the Chinese ancient poem of “Leave a touch of spring, look back at the rain and all things will grow.”
Peony appreciation has become an important entertainment activity for people and has lasted for thousands of years, although we cannot always personally go to the suburbs to gather flowers during this season of growing things. However, through these colourful peony works, we can also experience the breathtaking beauty of "moving the capital during the blooming season".
After the Grain Rain, duckweed begins to increasingly grow, followed by the cuckoos shaking their feathers, all serving to remind people to sow seeds. The hoopoe birds can be seen flying over mulberry branches, indicating that the silkworms can be raised.
With the rising of temperatures after Grain Rain, pests enter their high reproduction period. In order to reduce the damage of diseases and insects to both crops and people, farmers kill these pests by putting up Grain Rain paintings so as to pray for the healthy growth of crops. Grain Rain paintings have become an additional kind of New Year painting.
During the Grain Rain solar term, you can spend weekends with your family picking and drinking tea and savoring the taste of “spring”. Furthermore, you can learn more about Cangjie's calligraphy style, go fishing, and appreciate Grain Rain solar term poems with your parents.
Grain Rain is a solar term related to water and has a relationship with ink painting. Ink painting emphasizes the control of water through learning the correct usage of the center and side of the brush, which causes a change in the shape and depth of the point. Students show a keen interest in ink painting, inspiring their poetic artwork creations.
This is one of the most vibrant solar terms, which can be observed and experienced all around us. We can walk through a bamboo forest and see pieces of thriving bamboo. We can step into a field and see farmers working hard. So go forth, seize spring by the tail, and enjoy the beauty of nature!