Category Archives: Food

Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 06

On June 6th the solar term of Grain in Ear began. China is divided by climate into a wheat growing north and a rice growing south. At this time in the north the wheat becomes ripe and in the south … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: Small Full (Grain) xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21

Next Tuesday we will enter the solar term of Small Full Grain, also called Grain Buds. It is the 8th solar term of the year and ends on June 6. It means that the seeds from the grain are becoming … Continue reading

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Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 5th

On the fifth we will pass into the period of of Clear and Bright, the seventh of the solar terms. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern … Continue reading

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Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras marks the end of the Carnival season, a period that starts at Epiphany on January 6 and ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras, literally “fat Tuesday” in French, is a day for feasting in preparation … Continue reading

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Rain Water yǔ shuǐ 雨水 Feb 19th

On February 19th we moved into the period called Rain Water or Spring Rains. According to the Chinese agricultural calendar there is an increase of rainfall from then on. We have had as much if not more rain than snow … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Spring Commences lì chūn 立春 Feb 3th

As a solar term, Spring Commences had already entered people’s lives in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). At that time, there were eight solar terms. According to some experts, the 24 solar terms were used for the first … Continue reading

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Major Cold dà hán 大寒 Jan 20 T

Major Cold, dàhán in Chinese, daikan in Japanese, daehan in Korean and đại hàn in Vietnamese is the 24th solar term.  It  begins this year on Jan 20 and ends on Feb 2. Major Cold is the last solar term in winter and … Continue reading

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