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24 Solar Terms

China's 24 Solar Terms is a deeply rooted concept that encapsulates the essence of Chinese wisdom. The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. 

立春lì chūn
Start of Spring立春lì chūn, the first solar term of the year, begins this year on Feb 3 and ends on Feb 17.
Start of Spring lifts the curtain of spring. After that everything turns green and full of vigor; people clearly see that the daytime is becoming longer and the weather is becoming warmer. 
Flying a Kite
Spring is the best season for kite-flying. A traditional folk activity, it has a history of more than 2,000 years. It can help build one’s health and prevent diseases. It also has the effect of promoting blood circulation and speeding up metabolism.
Erecting the Egg
In China, it is said that the egg can be set upright on the first day of the Start of Spring, Spring Equinox day and Autumn Equinox day. It is believed that if someone can make the egg stand on the first day of Start of Spring, he will have good luck in the future.
Biting the Spring
In many parts of China, people observe the custom of "biting the spring" on the first day of Start of Spring. They eat spring pancakes, spring rolls, or a few mouthfuls of carrots.
And there are several things people usually do in spring. Such as spring plough, peach and plum blossom admiring and welcoming spring and also going for a spring outing.
夏至xià zhì
The longest day of the year
On the Summer Solstice itself, daylight lasts the longest for the whole year in the northern hemisphere. After this day, daylight hours get shorter and shorter and temperatures become higher in the northern hemisphere.
Dragon Boat Racing in Southern China
Due to the local climate, Dragon boat races have been held on the Summer Solstice day in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province rather than on Dragon Boat Festival since the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. This tradition is still in practice today, with all the attendant excitement.
秋分qiū fēn
The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Autumn Equinox秋分, the 16th solar term of the year, begins this year on Sept 22 and ends on Oct 7.
Autumn Equinox lies at the midpoint of autumn, dividing autumn into two equal parts. After that day, the location of direct sunlight moves to the south, making days shorter and nights longer in the northern hemisphere.
It’s the season eating crab. The crab in this season is delicious. It helps nourish the marrow and clear the heat inside the body. It’s the season for eating various plants. In the Autumn Equinox time, olives, pears, papaya, chestnut, bean, and other plants enter their phase of maturation. It is time to pick and eat them.
Standing eggs on end
The same as the start of spring day, on Autumn Equinox day, there are thousands of people in the world trying to make eggs stand on end. This Chinese custom has become the world's game.
Sacrificing to the moon
Originally, the festival of sacrificing to the moon was set on the Autumnal Equinox day. According to historical records, as early as the Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-256BC), the ancient kings by custom sacrificed to the sun on the Spring Equinox, and to the moon on the Autumn Equinox.
冬至dōng zhì
The Winter Solstice Festival
There was a saying that went in ancient China, "The Winter Solstice is as significant as the Spring Festival."
Eating dumplings
During Winter Solstice in North China, eating dumplings is essential to the festival. There is a saying that goes "Have dumplings on the first day of Winter Solstice and noodles on the first day of Summer Solstice."
Eating mutton and vermicelli soup
In Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, people call midwinter the "Ghost Festival". On that day, it is customary for people there to drink mutton and vermicelli soup and eat the dumplings in the soup. They give the midwinter soup a strange name: "brain" and share it with their neighbors.

All in all, all the solar terms in Chinese lunar calendar obviously show the exactly seasons. And we can see, there is a common that Chinese eat according to these 24 solar terms for keeping good health.

Update: 04-07-2017 16:29 View:

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