The 24 Solar Terms

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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 China.


Spring Begins, The Rains, Insects Awaken, Vernal Equinox, Clear and Bright, Grain Rain are all in spring.

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 autumn.

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.



Spring Begins

Feb 2-5

The Rains

Feb 18-19

Insects Awaken

March 5-6

Vernal Equinox

March 21

Clear and Bright

April 5

Grain Rain

April 21-22



Summer Begins

May 5-6

Grain Buds

May 21-22

Grain in Ear

June 5

Summer Solstice

June 21-22

Slight Heat

July 7-8

Great Heat

July 23-24



Autumn Begins

Aug 8-9

Stopping the Heat

Aug 23

White Dews

Sept 7

Autumn Equinox

Sept 22-23

Cold Dews

Oct 8-9

Hoar-Frost Falls

Oct 23



Winter Begins

Nov 7-8

Light Snow

Nov 22-23

Heavy Snow

Dec 7-8

Winter Solstice

Dec 21-23

Slight Cold

Jan 5-7

Great Cold

Jan 20



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