The summer solstice (夏至) is the 10th solar term of the twenty four solar terms in China. It is comes annually around June 21st or 22nd. Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere marks the beginning of summer for the earth north of the equator. At this time, much of the Northern Hemisphere receive the longest daylight, but it does not bring the hottest temperatures which will come only twenty to thirty days later.
Eating dog meat and lychee on Summer Solstice
In the southern part of China, during the summer solstice eating dog meat and lychee has been a long tradition. People in Guangdong, Guangxi, Qinzhou, Yulin and and other regions love eating dog meat and lychee during the summer. It is said that in summer solstice, eating the dog meat and lychee together will cause less “internal heat” (上火) to the body.
In the south China, the habit of eating dog meat and lychee during summer solstice lasts until today. There is traditional saying that “dogs summer solstice, can’t go anywhere” meaning that in the summer solstice day, many dogs are killed, there is no way to escape.