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It’s Time to Shore Up for Spring

A solar term is a period of about two weeks and is based on the sun’s position in the zodiac. Solar terms form the traditional Chinese calendar system. The calendar follows the ancient Chinese belief that living in accordance with nature will enable one to live a harmonious life. This article series explores each of the year’s 24 solar terms, offering guidance on how to best navigate the season. Solar Term: ‘Major Cold’ 2022 Dates: Jan. 20–Feb. 3 With the freezing ice storms parts of the country have been having this January, it isn’t hard to identify with the current solar term, “Major Cold,” which runs from Jan. 20 to Feb. 3. Ancient Chinese people considered the cold to be critical for agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and animal husbandry. The ancients saw how the extreme cold—when the earth is frozen to its deepest level—was necessary for killing off insects and bacteria, so that …

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