Chinese Solar Terms in the Summer2016-07-22 14:36:34Share:
According to the way of numbering the years in Chinese lunar calendar, there are two seasonal division points in each month, making 24 in a year.
The seasonal division points are peculiar to China. In the long period of productive labor, ancient men gradually realized the rule of climate change.
According to the relationship between the sun and the earth, they divided all the days in a year into 24 parts to indicate the change of seasons and climate.
Thus, there is a seasonal divisional point about every 15 days; those in the first half of the year (from January to June) all fall around the sixth or 21st day of the month, and those in the latter half of the year (from July to December), on about the eighth or 23rd day of the month.
Here are the 6 Chinese Solar Terms During the Summer.
Summer begins(Li Xia,立夏) means the spring goes away and summer comes. Traditionally, people take the summer begins as temperature rising. The weather is featured with the hotness and thunder storm.
The crop rapidly grows up in this solar term. After the summer begins, the weather becomes hotter and hotter, and the forest becomes thick. But this period is good for the heart because the heart shows its most vivid power and functionality in this term. Therefore, during this time, it is better to keep pleasure and ease both in mental and physical. Grief and rapture are harmful to health care.
Grain buds(Xiao Man, 小满) is the period that summer crops like barley and wintry wheat nearly but not absolutely mature, hence it is called Xiao Man. During this period, people had better follow the health-care value of precaution of illness. The dining should be mainly inclined to the vegetables.
Grain in ear(Mang Zhong, 芒种) belongs to a hot and moist period, especially in the midstream and downstream region of Yangtze River. During this period, people easily get exhausted and weak. So people should focus on the spiritual care and keep easy and happy. In dining, people had better eat the food benefiting the body for facing the heat.
Summer solstice(Xia Zhi,夏至) used to be the oldest festival in ancient China. In health care, this period is the peak time of Yang Qi in accordance with Chinese traditional medicine theory.
The health care had better focus on sleeping later and getting up earlier due to the superiority of Yang Qi in summer, so it is very important to arrange well the lunch break, and taking a warm shower everyday is also recommended.
The daily exercise should not be too extreme or acute lest the overabundance of sweat. In dining, eating more sour food is good for the superficiality and eating some salty food is good for heart, but people had better not eat too much fat food.
Slight heat(Xiao Shu,小暑) is the high time of rainfall and also the time that the fire-worms are flying outdoors. Due to the heat, people may feel uneasy and exhausted so the traditional medicine experts may suggest that it is the time for caring the heart, over joy and grief are both harmful to heart.
In dining, people had better pay more attention to the abstinence and take notice of individual's sanitation. Five tastes (Sour, Bitter, Sweet, Hot and Salty) should be balanced in normal life, and never over drink too much alcohol and surfeit.
Great heat(Da Shu,大暑) is the hottest period all the year. The climatic feature is heat, torridity and rainy. So the heat and moisture both undermine the health. Therefore, people had better properly arrange the work and take notice of work and rest.
People also should pay more attention to lowering the indoor temperature and having sufficient sleeping. In dining, people had better have some herbal porridge to preserve the body and avoid the disease. Per day, drinking a cup of fresh and cool boiled water is recommended.
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