The eighth nine days: wild geese are flying back
Updated: 2015-02-27 07:21
Wild geese and reeds by Wu Qingxia [Photo/ artron.net]
There is a famous folk song about the Nines of Winter recording changes in the weather:
1st nine days, 2nd nine days, don’t take hands out of your pockets;
3rd nine days, 4th nine days, you can walk on ice;
5th nine days, 6th nine days, willows at the river’s edge start to sprout;
7th nine days, ice dissolves and water flows in the river;
8th nine days, wild geese fly back to northern areas;
9th nine days and the following days, farm cattle start to work in the field.
Now is the eighth nine-day period. Let’s take a look at paintings depicting the scene of geese returning by some famous Chinese painters.