Tag Archives: Chinese calendar

Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 7th Aug

On August 7th according to the Chinese calendar we will pass into the period called Autumn Commences. It will be a while yet before true autumn reigns either where I live or in most parts of China but we did … Continue reading

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Greater Heat dà shǔ 大暑 Jul 22rd .

On July  22nd we entered the period of Greater or Major Heat, In China it is the time of year when the amount of sunshine is highest, average temperature is the highest, rainfall is the greatest, and the thunderstorms are … Continue reading

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Minor Heat xiǎo shǔ 小暑 Jul 7th

We have been fortunate that this year we have so far avoided the excessive heat of the last couple of years. The coolness continued until the farmers bagan to comment. On  July 7th we entered the solar term of Minor … Continue reading

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Yin and Yang for a Balanced Life

The concept of yin and yang appeared in China as early as 1300BC. It was found inscribed on oracle bones used for divination and referred to the movement of the sun and its changing aspect on the land. Literally translated … 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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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 6th

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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Small Full (Grain) xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21st .

On May 21st we moved into the Chinese calendar solar term of Small Ful. This refers to the grain and seed crops which are now beginning to become plump, but are not yet ripe. As an example, my blackberry bushes … Continue reading

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