Category Archives: Food

Spring Showers (Rain Water) yǔ shuǐ 雨水 Feb 19th

Rain Water or Yǔshuǐ, Usui, Usu, or Vũ thủy is the 2nd solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 330° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 345°. In the western calendar, it usually begins around 18 February … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Feb 16

This year, according to the Chinese almanac is the Year of the Dog. This particular Year of the Dog is the year of the brown earth dog, brown being a color associated with earth. There are a lot of customs … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Spring Commences lì chūn 立春 Feb 4th

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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Xiao Nian – The Kitchen God and His Wife

In order to establish a fresh beginning in the New Year, families must be organized both within their family unit, in their home, and around their yard. Between the La Ba Festival, on the eighth day of the last lunar … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – How Far Did We Get?

The month is almost over. My birthday is tomorrow. I put up a website up for Kimchee and Catnip last year and trued to use it for something else beside a blog but it went nowhere. So I removed that … Continue reading

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La Ba Festival Jan 24th

I love the La Ba festival because I love making the La Ba congee (腊八粥 là bā zhōu), or porridge. It has a very long history, like many things in China. In the Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE), people did not … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Major Cold dà hán 大寒Jan 20

Major cold or dàhán in Chinese, daikan in Japanese, 대한 (daehan) in Korean and đại hàn in Vietnamese is the 24th solar term. During Major Cold as the cold currents from the north move southward, the weather becomes continuously cold. Although modern meteorological observation … Continue reading

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