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Chinese Solar Terms: Waking of Insects

2017-02-24 14:38:34Share:

  The Waking of Insects (Jing Zhe, “惊蛰” in Chinese, meaning that insects are awakened from winter sleep by the sound of thunder) is the 3rd term of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms (a supplementary system in the Chinese calendar to guide farm work) and falls on sometime between March 5 and 6, when the sun moves to the celestial longitude of 345 degrees. After that, thunders and raining period begin to appear all over China and the sound awakens all kinds of hibernating insects hiding in the soil.


  After the Waking of Insects, the weather starts to get warm. People should eat fresh vegetables and food high in protein and vitamin to enhance their health and strengthen resistance to germs and viruses, such as bamboo shoot, spinach, celery, chicken, egg and milk, etc. It is occasionally chilly and dry in early spring, so people usually eat pears on the day of Waking of Insects to moisten the lung and relieve cough.

Chinese Solar Waking of Insects


  Spring thunder cracks the sky


  The spring thunder is most noticeable during the Awakening of Insects solar term. An old Chinese saying goes: "If the first spring thunder crashes before the Awakening of Insects solar term, there will be abnormal weather that year." The Awakening of Insects falls after the end of winter and before the beginning of spring. Wind during this period is an important factor in weather forecasting.


  Modern meteorological science shows that around the Awakening of Insects, the earth becomes humid and the hot air near the surface rises; meanwhile, the hot humid air from the north is strong and creates frequent winds. For this reason, thunder occurs in this period. China covers a large range of latitudes from north to south, so the first spring thunder appears at different times in different areas.


  Spring ploughing


  The Awakening of Insects is an extremely important time for farmers and is widely seen as the beginning of the busiest time for agricultural work. During this period, most parts of China experience the quickest rise in temperatures, with the average level reaching above 10 degrees Celsius, and there is a marked increase in sunshine, which provides good natural conditions for farming.

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