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Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 Aug 8

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms (節氣). Lìqiū (Chinese and Japanese: 立秋; Korean: 입추(S)/립추(N); Vietnamese: Lập thu; literally: “start of autumn”) is the 13th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial … Continue reading

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Minor Heat 小暑 Xiǎoshǔ Jul 7

On July 7th we entered the solar term of Xiǎoshǔ, or Shōsho in Japanese,  Soseo in Korean, and or Tiểu thử  in Vietnamese. It is the 11th solar term of the year, beginning when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 105°. In 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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Caturday Thoughts: Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20th

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. Gǔyǔ, Kokuu, Gogu, or Cốc vũ is the 6th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30° and ends when it reaches the … 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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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 – Frost Descends shuāng jiàng 霜降 Oct 23

Frost Descends, Shuāngjiàng, or Sōkō in Japanese, Sanggang in Korean, or Sương giáng in Vietnamese begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 210° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 225°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around October 23 and … Continue reading

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