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Just a month after the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, Chinese people have another tradition to cheer for. The second day of the second lunar month, or “Er Yue Er”, is not only considered a time for a refreshing haircut, but also the day when the dragon awakens and raises its head.

In the ancient time of China, as the temperature began to rise at this time of year, this date usually marked the end of farmers’ winter break and the beginning of a new agricultural season.

In the Song Dynasty, more than 1,000 years ago, this date was dubbed “the Festival of the Flower Goddess”. Later, in the Yuan Dynasty, people were encouraged to take spring outings around this time.

However, the idea of the dragon raising its head comes from Chinese astronomers of the Qing Dynasty.

According to their observations, a Chinese constellation of a dragon appears in the night, and the second day of the second lunar month is the time when the star that marks the horn of the astronomical dragon rises above the horizon.

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