Category Archives: Seasons

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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Major Cold dà hán 大寒 Jan 20

January 2oth will begin the period of Major or Greater Cold. It is supposed to be the coldest time of the year. In fact we had extremely cold weather a few weeks earlier and now we are having what might … Continue reading

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Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

The new year has begun. We entered into the period of Minor Cold on the 5th of January although for many serious cold has already come. Xiǎohán, or Shōkan in Japanese, Sohan in Korean, or Tiểu hàn in Vietnamese is … Continue reading

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Planning a New Year

We all make them, even if only in jest. There are lists of them in newspapers and on the internet, the most popular, the most often not kept. New Year’s Resolutions. Year after year the lists remains basically the same, … Continue reading

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Capricorn December 21 5:23 PM

Capricorn (♑)  is the tenth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus. It spans the 270–300th degree of the zodiac, corresponding to celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this area from December 22 … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve II Ghost Stories

“A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins.”      William Shakespeare A Winter’s Tale Act 2 Scene 1   My Christmas must have it’s ghosts and in having this tradition I am in good company. … Continue reading

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