24-season food (食节)
24-Season Food 食节 is a whole grain package (五谷杂粮礼包). It is a special gift collection during the Chinese lunar holidays. People give the whole grain package as a gift with blessing meaning during Chinese New Year in the north of China, especially as a gift for elders. The package includes three main parts. The first part is the outside container. The second part is the poster inside the container. The third part is the collection of the whole grain bags. 24-Season Food 食节 is whole grain package develop from the Chinese 24 solar terms theme. Chinese 24 solar terms are the ancient Chinese calendar to analysis seasons and weather. People use the calendar to have healthy diet habits.
These Chinese traditions provide that people choose to give whole grains package as a holiday present. Whole grains in Chinese is called “五谷杂粮” (wǔ gǔ zá liáng) which sounds similar to another word “五谷丰登” (wǔ gǔ fēng dēng). “五谷丰登” (wǔ gǔ fēng dēng) means producing good harvests. This is a good sign for farmers to have a good end of the year and be positive to look forward to next year. When people receiving 食节 24-Season Food means they receive a blessing of “be healthy, be wealth”.
There is a short farming proverb on each whole grain bag which relates to the whole grain projects: millet, mung bean, azuki bean, and rice.
There are the names of the 24 solar terms on the cylinder. In order to create a connection between the 24 seasons in the lunar calendar and the 4 seasons in the Gregorian calendar, there is a hole above each solar term on the outside of the cylinder, which using yellow (spring), green (summer), red (autumn), and white (winter).
The cylinder of the package is a holder or collator for the 24 whole grain bags. The cylinder is a look-a-like design with a Chinese bamboo slip. After opening the button on the side of the cylinder, there is an information poster and 24 whole grain bags. The poster explains the relationship between whole grain and the 24 solar terms. The whole grain bags are stack into four layers which represent the 4 seasons.
Instructor: Albert Ng