Worshippers celebrate the Fairy's Day at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, Dec 13, 2016. The annual event commemorating Buddha Aleanterre Brahm falls on the 15th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar every year.
The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Major Snow, the 21st solar term of the year, begins this year on Dec 7 and ends on Dec 20.
The 24 solar terms is a gross name of the system that consists of 12 major solar terms and 12 minor solar terms. Ancient Chinese divided the circle of the annual motion of the sun into 24 equal segments; each segment was called a “jie qi” or solar term. Hence the 24 segments are collectively called the 24 Solar Terms. This system of time embodies the traditional knowledge and the social practices through which Chinese organize their perception of the regularity of seasons, of astronomical laws and of other local natural phenomena occurring in the course of the year. It is an indispensable component of the traditional Chinese calendars and its living applications, serving as a time-frame for agricultural activities and daily life. In international circle of meteorology, this cognitive system has been honored as the Fifth Great Invention of China.
The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has adopted a decision that China's "The 24 Solar Terms" be inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 11th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on November 30, 2016.
Minor Snow, the 20th solar term of the year, begins this year on Nov 22 and ends on Dec 6.
Today is another Single's Day, if you have found your sweetheart or Mr Right, congratulations! If you are still single, please also enjoy the day.
The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Start of Winter, the 19th solar term of the year, begins this year on Nov 7 and ends on Nov 21.
The 9th day of the 9th lunar month is the traditional Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Festival, which falls on Oct 9 this year.
October 9 is September 9 in Chinese lunar calendar, which is also the "Double Ninth Festival”, an event that pays respects to the elderly.
The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Autumn Equinox, (Chinese: 秋分), the 16th solar term of the year, begins this year on Sept 22 and ends on Oct 7.
What are the festival's origins? Over the centuries, there have been different versions of the folklore behind it.
As one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, September 12 this year.
Tomorrow is the 32nd Chinese Teacher's Day – a festival celebrating the 2,300-year tradition of respecting teachers and education in China.