The 24 seasonal points or solar terms, are part of the East Asian lunisolar calendar that originated from China in the Shang and Zhou dynasties (1600 BCE). This calendar was fully developed and integrated into the Chinese calendar system during the Qin and Han dynasties (221 BCE). For more than 3000 years, this wisdom has remained an integral part of living and cultural heritage for many.
In each season, there are 3 months (3 moons) and 6 seasonal points Each seasonal point is about 15 days long and adjusted to divide the calendar year evenly. Observing these 24 transitional time periods provides us with a closer record of seasonal changes. Every seasonal point has a name that helps us synthesize nature's voice by describing various natural phenomenons and astronomical events.
24 SEASONAL NOTES
|Beginning of Spring
|Awakening of Insects
|Beginning of Summer
|Beginning of Autumn
|End of Heat
|Beginning of Winter
These 24 seasonal points are used as a guide for agricultural production, weather patterns, maintaining health, ceremonies and rituals. These seasonal notes are found in the Tong Shu, the Chinese Almanac.
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