Today is August 27, Lunar July 14th, every year to this day, in our Longan County, we can always see every family killing ducks and eating ducks, and killing the ancestors with the killing ducks. So, during this festival, why do people get used to killing ducks instead of killing chickens? Know the reason for the matter! Please see our reporter's interview report.
During the festival, the reporter visited the farmer's market and found that the business of selling ducks was very prosperous. Every day at 9:00 am, the duck stall owners rushed to the market. Around the market, a cage of ducks was full of streets, except for the marijuana ducks. Mallards, white ducks, western ducks, etc., are rich in variety and can be purchased by the public.
Selling ducks to the stall owner Chen Da Ge: I have sold more than 20 ducks. Now, at the beginning, this duck is miscellaneous, because we like the ducks here, the duck meat is purer.
The hot sale of ducks has also ignited the slaughtering duck business in the market. It is understood that the manual killing of ducks costs 8-10 yuan per piece, 2-4 dollars more than usual.
In terms of choice, many citizens choose to buy live ducks because live ducks are fresh, delicious, and the price is more acceptable.
Mr. Su: Generally, July 14 is to eat ducks. It is customary to buy ducks. We don’t know so much. Anyway, according to the old man, chickens are better than ducks, or ducks are best. Ducks are usually hot. Duck meat is cooler, maybe it is.
In the interview, we found that many citizens only know that our custom is to kill ducks and ducks on July 14th, but for this reason, they are also ignorant. So where does this traditional custom come from? What is the meaning of it? In order to find the source, we consulted the retired senior teacher of Longan Middle School, and Lu Youzuo, the cultural consultant of Longan County Cultural News Publishing Radio, Film and Television Bureau, to listen to what he said.
Long You Middle School Retired Senior Teacher, County Cultural and Sports Bureau Cultural Consultant Lu Youzuo: We have a lot of places like Longyuan in China, focusing on July 14th. The reason why we should eat ducks and kill ducks is that In this way, because it is said that there is a river between the sun and the underworld, called the Styx River. That is to say, after the death of a person, you must cross the Styx. We will have a few days in July 13 and 14. Do some paper money, and do some paper clothes and other supplies to sacrifice our ancestors and give things to the ancestors, so this festival is also called the Ghost Festival. The reason why you use ducks is because the ducks can cross the river. It can bring the things we want to give to our ancestors, so slowly everyone will get used to nature, so this festival is mainly about eating ducks.
Teacher Lu told us that the "Liang'an County Records" of the 23rd edition of the Republic of China has been recorded:
There are seasons throughout the year... July 13, 14th, 15th, and New Year's Eve. ... especially for the spring, summer, autumn and winter and the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Festival is dedicated to the ancestral festival of the ancestors, or the Ghost Festival, each of which is slaughtered chicken, duck, fruit, fragrant flowers, guest candles, meditation In the meantime, the meditation is gradually improved. (——The Longan County Annals in the 23rd year of the Republic of China)
It turned out that the Chinese New Year’s Day killing ducks and eating ducks actually have such a meaning. This time everyone knows. Even today, with the improvement of living conditions, it is not only the special welfare of the festival that everyone kills ducks and ducks, but people still sacrifice their ducks to sacrifice their ancestors on the 14th day of the lunar calendar. This is not the case. The superstition of devouring ghosts and gods, but the performance of our descendants of the Yellow Emperor, the pursuit of filial piety, and the high morality of the people. This is a folk custom, but also a cultural heritage. We also hope that we can have more folk customs and folk cultures that can be passed down from generation to generation.