Near the Cold Food Day 1 grass grows luxuriantly in the rain.
The wind blows the wheat seedlings
And the willow trees shade the embankment.
Why in the world do I not go home?
Cuckoo! Please do not cry near my ears 2.
The Cold Food Day occurs one or two days before the Pure Brightness. Some
say the purpose of the Cold Food Day is to honor Hermit Chih-T'ui Chieh. Others say the day
originated from the Chow dynasty's old tradition of prohibiting fire. On this
day, people are prohibited from using fire in the kitchen and, as a result, they eat
only cold food. The Pure Brightness is the day when a family pays tribute to its
ancestors by visiting their tombs. The date is April 5th or 6th. From the Cold
Food Day to the Pure Brightness, a family gets together to have a field trip or
go sightseeing. Consequently, travelers are most homesick during this time
Cuckoo's voice is sad. It sounds like "it is better to go back" in
mandarin (Chinese). It is often used in old Chinese poems to describe the
homesickness of a traveler.