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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Li-Chun

I know it's just a myth but I couldn't help doing that egg standing thingy on Wednesday, February the 4th. That day was Li Chun, the first day of Spring in the Chinese Calender.
I was told that this urban legend originated from China when American Annalee Jacoby witnessed a peculiar ritual while she was in the capital city of Chungking at that time. A crowd of people came to balance eggs. It must have been quite a sight, and so she wrote about it for Life magazine and it has gone viral since.
image credit - http://www.dajiyuan.eu
According to Chinese legend, it is easier to stand an egg on its end on what they call the first day of spring in China which is a month and half before the first day of spring as recognized by Americans.
A teacher instructs children to erect eggs in a kindergarten in Linyi City, east China. Many places in China follow the tradition of erecting eggs on vernal equinox. It is said that due to the sun's equidistant position between the poles of the earth on the first day of the spring, special gravitational forces apply.
image credit - http://news.cultural-china.com
However, science has proven that the balancing of most eggs on their broad ends is not particularly difficult at any time of the year. No physical influence of other celestial bodies on the egg can affect its balance to the extent required by the folk belief. Gravitational and electromagnetic forces, in particular, are considerably weaker and steadier than the disturbances created by the person's breathing and heartbeat. I guess it just needs heaps of patience and very talented fingers.

I've never once succeeded.

One broken (it rolled off the counter) and 2 cracked eggs later,  my effort ended up in these hedgies I made.

12 comments:

betty said...

I have never tried to do that with the eggs, Veronica. Good for you for at least trying :) Such cute cookies as a result of your efforts :)

betty

Elizabeth Lund said...

I have tried it but only been successful when I sprinkled a little salt to help with the balancing. Love the hedgehogs. Thanks for linking at Snickerdoodle! Hope to see you next week.

Lin said...

We've done the eggs before too. I think it can be done at any time of the year though.

LOVE the cookies!! You are so good at decorating them!

Mieke Beelen said...

Didn't know you could do that with eggs. Very cute cookies you made!

x Mieke

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Hena Tayeb said...

lol.. i'd attempt it but i'm really in no mood to clean up egg off the floor.

those hedgehogs are adorable!

Tanya Anurag said...

Really!! I want to try that. And just in case it the eggs don't stand, I'll have to remember to try it on Li Chun the next year :)

It's so nice to know you and learn new things.

In love with those Hedgies. Do you think they'd mind, if I join them for a group hug? ;)


-Tanya
http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

Tabitha said...

I want to try!!

I'm pooped said...

This sounds like a challenge. I am so trying this today. The hedgehogs are adorable. Thank you for linking up with Sunday's Best link up. We hope to see you again next week.

mail4rosey said...

Ah, the hedgies were happy for the loss. ;) They came out cute too. :)

Kimberly Lewis said...

Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. I need to try this. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We can't wait to party with you! Happy Valentines' Day! Lou Lou Girls

Sandra K. Stein said...

Interesting post, and it looks like you've become quite the baker. Very artistic and creative. Your hedgies are also adorable.

Christie Selken said...

Thanks so much for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! This week's party starts at 10pm tonight. We hope to see you again!

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