Sounds like a day of rest? But not for you!
Traditionally the Chinese place clothes, bedding and books outside to bask in the sun on the day of the Bathing and Basking festival (or Xi Shai Jie as it is called in China).
Traditional Chinese holidays have been and essential part of Chinese culture for thousands of years and many are associated with Chinese mythology and folklore tales, although we can’t seem to find any origins for this one unless its just simply to give things a good air and dry things out from the often humid conditions at this time of year!
When is the Bathing and Basking Festival?
The Bathing and Basking Festival is celebrated on 6th day of 6th lunar month of China. This is usually in mid July every year.
Chinese Food & Drink
Traditionally most Chinese cuisine is based on opposites, where sweet balances sour for example. Try our Hot and Spicy Crispy Beef recipe. Drink rice wine.
Travel to China
From travel books and holiday reading to binoculars and
And don’t forget the camera!
Enjoy your trip! And when you get home we’d love you to come back and tell us all about it!
Set the sky alight with lanterns
Picture: Bathing & Basking festival, Shanghai, Somewhereintheworldtoday