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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.

Costumes worn by the people of the Manchu Eight Banners. [file photo]

Offering sacrifices to ancestors

The Start of Winter, when the autumn crops have been placed in storage, was the time of the festival for the people of the Manchu Eight Banners and Han Eight Banners in Benxi of Liaoning province. Incense was burned and sacrifices offered to ancestors. The Eight Banners (baqi) were administrative/military divisions during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

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Editor: Monica Liu

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