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Is that why they were all over the office on Friday? I was happily part taking, but had no idea it was a special day. Any chance you know what they are celebrating on the third day of the third lunar month?

Sticky

UC - I did a bit of 'research' last time: http://stickyrice.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/04/hey_there_sexy_.html
So how many did you eat?

Hoang

yes there is, on the fifth day of the fifth month is the "worm killing day", where you will find fermented sticky rice and the little plums (which are in season around that time) the specialties. and that's not very far off for you to look forward to :D

Sticky

Is this the day, Hoang, where everyone must kill insects? I didn't know about the food connection. Will look for the sticky rice and plums. Thanks for the tip ;) Any more that you can think off?

Hoang

kill in insects? no no everyone should kill them mosquitoes whenever they can during these months i think lol... these worms mentioned are inside, you know, the parasitic types.
it's traditional belief that on this day if you eat a lot of tart fruits (plums, grapefruits,... you get the picture) and stuffs like fermented sticky rice which is slightly alcoholic (both red and white varieties) or yoghurt and so on, it helps to get rid of the worms.
"Giết sâu bọ" is how they call it, literally "kill insects", but then, there're no insects involved.
Can't think of any other lunar days atm, except when the Buddhists go vegetarian, twice a month, my mom included :)

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