Minor Cold is the 23rd solar term of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms and also the 5th solar term in winter. It arrives on January 5, 6 or 7 every year when the solar longitude reaches 285°. This year's Minor Cold starts on Jan 5.
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Like other Chinese Solar Terms, Minor Cold has plenty of traditions such as holding La Sacrifice, playing ice&snow sports, appreciating plums and so on, which all contain nice connotations and wishes.
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Bitter cold cannot prevent people from enjoying their lives. According to traditional Chinese medicine theories, people need to eat food that contains more yang energy to keep warmth and prevent cold from harming their organs. Mutton, beef, sesame, walnuts and almonds are good choices for Minor Cold.
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Carefully observing weather patterns and rules, wise Chinese ancestors came up with useful proverbs which accurately predict weather conditions according to particular meteorlogical situations. Those proverbs are largely applied into farming and planting.
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