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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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Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20th

On April 20th the sixth solar term called Grain Rain began. This originally marked the time when the early crops showed their shoots. In early spring the green of new rice shoots is a brilliant color and very beautiful. My … Continue reading

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Problem House

The house I live in has many peculiarities. Some days I thought there was a ghost. Weird noises go with an old house on a concrete block foundation in an area where the ground is shifting. But late at night … Continue reading

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Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 4th

On the fourth we passed into the period of Clear and Bright. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern China, but perhaps more accurate for where I … Continue reading

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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 20th

Monday was the vernal equinox. It was a very warm sunny day here and without much wind , which has been unusual lately. Everyone seemed very happy to celebrate the first day of spring, including yours truly. In the traditional … Continue reading

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