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"Winter Wonderland"... the accuracy of the Chinese lunisolar calendar


The Chinese lunisolar calendar is very accurate this year for Beijing. Yesterday marked ็ซ‹ๅ†ฌ (Lรฌdลng), ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ..... and we woke up in a magical winter wonderland...







The Chinese calendar is usually known in the world for the symbols such as the 12 zodiac animals rotating every year. But lesser known are the ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€ (่Š‚ๆฐ” jiรฉqรฌ) in each Chinese lunar year calendar.


The 24 solar terms, based on the sun's position in the zodiac, were created by farmers in ancient China to guide the agricultural affairs and farming activities. The 24 solar terms reflect the changes in climate, natural phenomena, agricultural production, and other aspects of human life, including clothing, food, housing, and transportation. The 24 solar terms play important roles and have greatly influenced people's basic needs in life.






Each term has its own associated customs, traditions, and recipes well alive today. Also Traditional Chinese Medicine has made use use of the solar terms since ancient times, each posing opportunities or threats for your holistic health with related suggestions for typical food, way of life or herbal medicine. Li Dong "the Beginning of Winter" is usually celebrated with ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ to strengthen and warming up for upcoming winter.






๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€, the annual 24 solar term cycle but also the 12-year or 60-year cycles or the multiples of these cycles to ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ.


The calendar reminds us that we people are just a tiny part of a constant moving entity or organism with countless parameters ranging from within our own personal environment or mother earth to beyond in the universe. Disrespecting or ignoring our humbleness, legacy and responsibility as ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜… ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† will be fired back sooner or later. As we can see today with the environment.... Even during COP26, some humans still (pretend to) claim the managerial status on how to handle and control the deteriorating environment and nature in respect of timing and objectives.


Looking back at the 60 year-cycle of the year of the Ox, we need to reconsider our actions and priorities, and ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฌ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€ when it comes to environment and our right to peaceful existence as a species among ourselves and on this planet (and beyond). And if this change would feel like a sacrifice or loss, think again for our future generations....


๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ...


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