驚蟄 season of awakening of insects

2010.3.6 山市街打小人 villain hitting at sands street | 兩三年前,誰會想到打小人越來越受到熱捧(始源是外國雜誌的報道,大抵說這是有趣的習俗。)!連隨驚蟄的熱鬧程度也高漲起來。今年鵝頸橋,本地婆婆竟遭內地打手搶生意!星期六走在鄰里街上,赫然醒覺,對,每年在西區都會應節,忘記自己所屬地區的特性我該打。山市街,南里都有佈陣。此是卑路乍街山市街,路不寬,婆婆的陣勢儘量貼近欄杆,人多的時候,大家沒有怨言。我猜,因為此習俗有色彩有道具有動作,大家都不禁被吸引。

“驚蟄 king tze” is one of the solar terms according to lunar calendar, literally means awakening of insects, signaling the warm season is coming soon.  the highlight of this ‘season’ is to hit the villain. this old folk custom has been reviving  in hong kong. one reason is that an international magazine has reported about it as, roughly, one of the unusual customs two three years back.

it is indeed animating and exhilarating. there are props, colours, and action. paper tigers and worship paper wares, elder women vigorously using sandals to hit the paper villain, and greasy pork strip to smear the paper tigers, rice scattering.

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