The ancient Chinese divided the sun’s annual circular motion into 24 segments. Each segment was called a specific ‘Solar Term’.

Minor Cold is the 23rd of the 24 solar terms, the fifth in winter, the end of the Ganzhi calendar month and the beginning of the ugly month. Bucket finger; The solar yellow meridian is 285 °; The festival is handed in on January 5-7 of the Gregorian calendar every year. Cold air is cold for a long time. Minor cold means that the weather is cold but not to the extreme. It is the solar term that represents the change of temperature, like great cold, slight heat, great heat and summer. The characteristic of the solar term of light cold is cold, but it is not cold to the extreme.

During Minor Cold, most areas in China have entered the bitter cold stage of winter. The ground and rivers are frozen. The cold air from the north moves southward continuously.

“Sanjiu period” refers to the third nine-day period (the 19th-27th days) after the day of the Winter Solstice, which is in Minor Cold. Actually Minor Cold is normally the coldest period of winter. It is important to keep warm during this period.

Generally, Minor Cold is the coldest period in China, which is the best time for exercising and improving one’s physique. To keep warm, Chinese children have special games to play, such as hoop rolling and the cockfighting game.

There are large amounts of Vitamins A and B in huangyacai. Ashuangyacai is fresh and tender, it is fit for frying, roasting and braising.

Cantonese people mix fried preserved pork, sausage and peanuts into the rice. According to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine, glutinous rice has the effect of tonifying the spleen and stomach in the cold season.

The steamed vegetable rice is incredibly delicious. Some of the ingredients like aijiaohuang (a kind of green vegetable), sausage and salted duck are the specialties in Nanjing.


Post time: Jan-06-2022