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Guangdong Gaoming winter solstice folk beating rice flour and drying rice flour

DailyBird Culture 2021-10-09 1 0

as early as more than 2500 years ago, the ancients of our country determined the solar terms of the winter solstice. From then on to today, the winter solstice is an important folk festival, and there are rich and colorful folk customs in various places. For example, in the Gaoming area of Guangdong, it is necessary to beat rice flour and dry rice flour every winter solstice. What kind of custom is this? Let the old yellow calendar introduce it to you.


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people in Gaoming, Guangdong like to eat Laifen, and it has even become a local food culture. The rice flour used to make Laifen is ground before the winter solstice. This is because it is a cold winter, the wind is high, the things are dry, and insects and ants hibernate. It is the best time to beat and dry rice flour. Therefore, milling Sun drying has become an important activity for local people from the winter solstice to the new year.


rice flour are generally divided into sticky rice flour and glutinous rice flour. Sticky rice flour is the protagonist of Laifen, and glutinous rice flour is the protagonist of fried food during the new year's festival. For example, jiaozi, dough, steamed thin flour and other foods are also made of rice flour. It can be said that rice flour is an indispensable material during the new year's festival.

therefore, after the busy autumn harvest every year, the local villagers always soak Zhanmi and glutinous rice one month before the winter solstice, and then mix the cooked rice in proportion to go to the processing plant to grind rice flour. At this time, there are often a large line of people at the door of the rural food processing plant, with baskets and fiber bags filled with soaked rice and cooked rice. It is said that a processing plant like this can grind 5 to 6 kilograms of rice a day. After


are powdered, it is most suitable to use a powder mat. The powder mat is round and woven with grass. It is colorless, tasteless and environmentally friendly. When drying rice flour before the winter solstice, few mosquitoes and flies come to "patronize" dry rice flour. After the winter solstice, mosquitoes and bees will take away rice flour. According to the local traditional customs, people will draw a cross on the flour when drying the flour. It is said that this is a symbol passed down from generation to generation to avoid flying insects and ants.

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