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Caturday Thoughts – Small grain xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21st

xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21st The seeds of summer crops begin to become plump, but are not yet ripe.   The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Grain Buds, (Chinese: 小满), the 8th solar term of … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Summer Commences lì xià 立夏 May 05

Lì xià 立夏, Rikka 立夏 in Japanese, Ip Ha 입하in Korean, or Lập hạ in Vietnamese is the 7th solar term of the traditional Chinese calendarn and marks the beginning of summer in East Asian cultures. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20

Grain Rain or Gǔyǔin Chinese, Kokuu in Japanese, Gogu in Korean, or Cốc vũ in Vietnamese is the 6th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 45°. In the Gregorian … Continue reading

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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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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 – 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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Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

Minor Cold 小寒(Shōkan Japanese, 소한 Sohan Korean, tiểu hàn Vietnamese) literally means small or minor cold. and is the 23rd solar term. It ia a bit of a misnomer. Although “Minor Cold” implies less cold than the following solar term, “Major Cold”, there is … Continue reading

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