Tag Archives: Chinese calendar

Major Cold dà hán 大寒 Jan 20th

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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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 21st

Today is the winter solstice. Where I live in Virginia it comes at 11:19 PM EST. In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices … Continue reading

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Major Snow dà xuě 大雪 Dec 6th

On December 6th we move into the solar term of 大雪Dàxuě (Chinese), Taisetsu (Japanese) 대설 Daeseol Korean and Đại tuyết (Vietnamese). It is literally translated as major snow and is the 21st solar term. It snows heavily for the first time in the year, … Continue reading

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Minor Snow xiǎo xuě 小雪 Nov 22nd

On November 22nd we will pass into the period of Minor Snow (xiǎo xuě 小雪). My friend who runs the cat rescue had flurries as early as the evening of the 9th. The weather has been colder earlier than the … Continue reading

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Cold Dew hán lù 寒露 Oct 8th

Today, on October 8th we enter the period of Cold Dew (hán lù 寒露) the 17th solar terms of the year. The night temperatures become cold enough to condense the moisture in the air to dew, but not cold enough … Continue reading

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Autumnal Equinox qiū fēn 秋分 Sep 23rd

The Autumn Equinox is the 16th solar term of the year, starting on the 23rd of September. It marks the second half of autumn in the Chinese calendar. It is the start of sunlight moving to the south and the … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 Jun 21st

This year the summer solstice falls on the 21st of June. This event is celebrated in many places. Not surprisigly in Sweden and Finland it is a big holiday with lots of public festivities. It is a holiday tied to … Continue reading

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