24 Solar Terms: 8 things you may not know about Start of Winter
2017-November-8 Source: Chinadaily.com.cn
The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Start of Winter, (Chinese: 立冬), the 19th solar term of the year, begins this year on Nov 7 and ends on Nov 22.
Welcoming the winter in ancient times
The four beginnings of the seasons were important festivals in ancient times. Before the Start of Winter, the ancient emperor would take a shower and have no more meat. On that day, the emperor would lead his officials to the suburbs and perform the ceremony of "welcoming the winter."
Editor: Monica Liu
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