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Solar Terms List

Solar TermsDateRemarks

ChinesePinyinEnglish

立春lìchūnstart of spring 2/4/2013Start of Spring

雨水yǔshuǐrain water 2/18/2013more rain than snow

惊蛰jīngzhéawakening of insects 3/5/2013 awakening of hibernating insects.

春分chūnfēnvernal equinox 3/20/2013spring division (or center of spring)

清明qīngmíngclear and bright 4/4/2013time for tending graves

谷雨gǔyǔgrain rain 4/20/2013lit. grain rain: rain helps grain grow

立夏lìxiàstart of summer 5/5/2013Start of Summer

小满xiǎomǎngrain full 5/21/2013grains are plump

芒种mángzhònggrain in ear 6/5/2013lit. awns (beard of grain) grow

夏至xiàzhìsummer solstice 6/21/2013lit. summer extreme (of sun's height)

小暑xiǎoshǔminor heat 7/7/2013

大暑dàshǔmajor heat 7/23/2013

立秋lìqiūstart of autumn 8/7/2013

处暑chǔshǔlimit of heat 8/23/2013literally meaning dwell in heat

白露báilùwhite dew 9/7/2013condensed moisture makes dew white

秋分qiūfēnautumnal equinox 9/23/2013literally meaning autumn division (or center of Autumn)

寒露hánlùcold dew 10/8/2013

霜降shuāngjiàngfrost descent 10/23/2013appearance of frost and descent of temperature

立冬lìdōngstart of winter 11/7/2013

小雪xiǎoxuěminor snow 11/22/2013

大雪dàxuěmajor snow 12/7/2013

冬至dōngzhìwinter solstice 12/21/2013literally meaning winter extreme (of sun's height)

小寒xiǎohánminor cold 1/5/2014

大寒dàhánmajor cold 1/20/2014

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