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Seasonal Periods Chinese Seasonal Periods

The Basis of the Chinese
Seasonal Periods

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  • Kirin is the leader from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox.
  • Phoenix is the leader from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice.
  • Turtle is the leader from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox.
  • Dragon is the leader from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice.

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The twenty-four solar terms closely related to the changes of Nature -- are a very useful tool for farmers and gardeners, providing information on the proper time for planting and harvesting.

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The days that mark the beginning of the twenty-four seasonal periods are named:

  • 1 Beginning of Spring } February 7
  • 2 Rain Water } February 21
  • 3 Startle Hibernator (Waking of Insects) } March 7
  • 4 Vernal Equinox } March 21 Solstice
  • 5 Pure and Clear (Pure Brightness) } April 7
  • 6 Rice Rain (Grain Rain) } April 21
  • 7 Beginning of Summer } May 7
  • 8 Minor Abundance (Grain Full) } May 21
  • 9 Grass Planting (Grain in Ear) } June 7
  • 10 Summer Solstice } June 21 Solstice
  • 11 Minor Heat (Slight Heat) } July 7
  • 12 Major Heat (Great Heat) } July 21
  • 13 Beginning of Autumn } August 7
  • 14 Post Heat (Limit of Heat) } August 21
  • 15 White Dew } September 7
  • 16 Autumnal Equinox } September 21 Solstice
  • 17 Chill Dew (Cold Dew) } October 7
  • 18 Frost Drop (Frost's Descent) } October 21
  • 19 Beginning of Winter } November 7
  • 20 Minor Snow (Slight Snow) } November 21
  • 21 Major Snow (Great Snow) } December 7
  • 22 Winter Solstice } December 21 Solstice
  • 23 Minor Cold (Slight Cold) } January 7
  • 24 Major Cold (Great Cold) } January 21

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