Airing the Classics

Airing the Classics

Sixth day of sixth lunar month
In China the Double Sixth is the day when Buddhist monasteries examine the books in their library collections to make sure that they haven't been damaged. It commemorates the time when the boat carrying the Buddhist scriptures from India was upset at a river crossing, and all the books had to be spread out to dry. Also known as Tiankuang Jie, or Heaven's Gift Day, it is traditional in some regions to set linens and books, as well as bath water, out in the sun. Setting aside a special day for "Airing the Classics" is especially important in hot, wet climates, where books are more vulnerable to mold and insects.
SOURCES:
EncyRel-1987, v. 3, p. 326
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 415
OxYear-1999, p. 702