For Erik, September means that summer is gone, autumn came. But what he doesn't know is that it is already been fall for a few weeks, according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
His colleague told him that last month marked li qiu, one of 24 ancient solar terms, which marks the start of autumn. This year, it started on Aug 7 and ended on Aug 22. These solar terms aren't only important to agriculture but also to daily life. Then Erik is curious about what people do during this time?
让Erik意想不到的是，同事竟然很认真地说…… “当然是吃啦！” 很多人都会在刚入夏和立秋时称称体重，如果夏天掉肉了，那就趁着冬天没到赶快补回来。
Out of his expectation, his colleague said Chinese people EAT during this time! Many people weigh themselves on the first day and compare it to the start of summer. If they've lost weight, they'll feast, especially on meat.
"Fleshing out in autumn" is called “贴秋膘” tiē qiū biāo.“秋” means autumn. And “贴膘” literally means to add fat to your body.