Editor’s note: Major Heat is the twelfth solar term in the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms. During Major Heat, most parts of China enter the hottest season of the year.

Cricket Fighting


Cricket fighting is a popular pastime for some people in China during this period. The custom dates back more than 1,000 years to the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).

Eating Litchi


Litchi is a nutritious fruit containing glucose and vitamins. People usually soak litchi in cold well water first and eat it. It is said that litchi during Major Heat is as nourishing as ginseng.

Eating Pineapples


There is a saying in Taiwan which goes, “eating pineapples in Major Heat.” During the period of Major Heat, pineapple tastes best.

Eating Herb Jelly


With the amazing ability to quell the summer heat, grass jelly is described in a popular saying in Guangdong province that goes, “eating herb jelly in Major Heat will make you stay young like the immortals.”