The meaning of the dragon’s head?
Chinese people believe that the dragon is an auspicious thing and the ruler of weather and rain. “The dragon raises its head” means that the yang energy is generated and all things are full of vitality. Therefore, since ancient times, when the dragon heads up, people will worship the dragon to pray for rain and release life, in order to pray for a good harvest in a year, and the dragon head up season is used as a day for transporting auspiciousness.
There is a saying in our country that “February 2nd, worship the village community; the dragon raises its head to pray for a good harvest; August 2nd, sacrifice the village hall; the dragon closes the end, and the dragon returns.” In terms of solar terms, at the beginning of the second month of the lunar calendar, it is between “rains”, “stings” and “spring equinox”. Many places in southern my country have already entered the rainy season. As the saying goes, “The dragon does not raise its head, and the sky does not rain.”
In the ancient godliness pedigree, the dragon is a god in the sea, in charge of rainfall, and the amount of rainfall is directly related to the harvest of the year’s crops. Therefore, in order to get the dragon god to walk clouds and rain, the dragon must be in the dragon temple when it raises its head. Place offerings in the front, hold a grand worship ceremony, and sing big dramas to entertain the gods; worship the dragon and pray for rain and release life for a good harvest in a year; there are also some places where there is a “dragon boat” activity on the Dragon Head Festival.
The second day of February is both the Dragon Head Festival and the “Land Birthday”. In the southern coastal areas, community sacrifices are mainly held on the second day of February to worship the gods of the land. There are customs in our country such as shaving dragon heads, offering sacrifices, worshiping Wenchang gods, eating noodles, deep-fried oil cakes, popcorn, and eating pig heads. The custom of “shave the dragon’s head” may originate from the ancient people’s worship of dragon totems, such as the custom of cutting off hair tattoos to resemble dragons as recorded in ancient books.
On “February 2”, many people will have a haircut. The day when the dragon heads up is called “shave the dragon’s head”, which indicates a good start of the year. The custom of respecting the dragon in the season when the dragon raises its head reflects China’s natural view of “the harmony between man and nature”. When the weather is getting warmer and the rain starts to increase, people hope to adapt to this process by praying for blessings, so as to live in harmony with nature.
In some areas of northern my country on February 2nd, there were customs of hoarding grains, tying a dragon, knocking on beams, haircutting, frying braised seeds, eating pig’s head meat, eating noodles, eating dumplings, eating jelly beans, eating pancakes, and avoiding needlework. For the sake of Najib, on the second day of February, people in northern China all take names related to “dragon”. The noodles are not called “noodles” but “dragon beard noodles”; dumplings are called “dragon ears” and “dragon”. “Corner”; rice is called “dragon son”; pancakes are baked into dragon scales and called “dragon scale cake”; noodles and wontons are cooked together called “dragon pearls”; eating pig’s head is called “food dragon head”; eating green onion cake is called “Tear the dragon skin”. Everything is based on symbols and meanings related to the dragon.
There are many taboos among the people to avoid “dragon raising its head”, such as avoiding needles and threads at home today, for fear of injuring the longan and causing disasters; avoiding carrying water, thinking that dragons will go out to move this evening, and it is forbidden to carry water by the river or well to avoid Disturbing the dragon’s actions will lead to a year of drought; avoid building a house and ramming to prevent damage to the “leader”; furthermore, avoid grinding noodles, thinking that grinding noodles will squeeze the dragon’s head, which is unlucky. As the saying goes, “the mill is a tiger, and a mill is a dragon.” People who have stone mills must fan the mill on this day to facilitate “the dragon’s head and ascend into the sky.” In addition to the above-mentioned customs, the folks often hold a variety of activities Najib, such as dragon dance, wearing dragon tail, and writing pen.
The folk saying goes: “The two dragons rise in February, and the two dragons end in August.” The rise of the two dragons in February, as a kind of ancient folk festival, has now basically faded from the modern life of the Chinese. However, some cultural connotations of “the rise of two dragons in February”, such as the ancient worship of dragons, and the materialistic interpretation of “the rise of dragons” in ancient astronomy, still have research value.