The “24 solar terms” originated and was
firstly used in China. It was created thousands years ago on
the basis of practical needs of agriculture. It's determined
by the changes of the sun’s position in the zodiac
throughout the year, with two segments each month. Ancient
Chinese people used it to guide agriculture production,
special climate signs such as floods and drought, cultural
ceremonies, family gatherings and even healthy living tips.
Nowadays the “24 solar terms” is still being used by farmers
and followed in many other parts of the world apart from
Spring Begins, The Rains, Insects Awaken,
Vernal Equinox, Clear and Bright, Grain Rain are all in
Summer Begins, Grain Buds, Grain in Ear,
Summer Solstice, Slight Heat, Great Heat, are all in summer.
Autumn Begins, Stopping the Heat, White
Dews, Autumn Equinox, Cold Dews, Hoar-Frost Falls are all in
Winter Begins, Light Snow, Heavy Snow,
Winter Solstice, Slight Cold, Great Cold are all in winter.
Springs Begins, Summer Begins, Autumn
Begins and Winter Begins show the beginning of the four
seasons. Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox and
Winter Solstice indicate the turning points of the changes
in the luminosity of the sun.