March 20 marks Chunfen or the spring equinox this 12 months, the fourth of the 24 solar phrases on the Chinese lunar calendar. The solar is precisely above the Earth’s equator, ensuing in the day and night time being equally lengthy.
Winter is gone and the temperatures are hovering rapidly. Plants are slowly donning their inexperienced coats and nature is waking up from its months-long slumber.
The historic Chinese divide Chunfen into three “Hou” – the “blackbirds arrive in the primary Hou, thunder cracks the sky in the second Hou, lightning happens often in the third Hou.” The previous saying signifies that after the spring equinox, swallows migrate from the south and the sky thunders when it rains.
Chunfen additionally heralds the breeding season for a lot of animals. The black-neck cranes arrive on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau the place they’ll mate, lay eggs and lift their chicks throughout summer time. Snow leopards will also be heard roaring in low pitch throughout March in looking out of a companion.
Animals in solar phrases: Jingzhe
Animals in solar phrases: Yushui
(Video offered by Zhongshan Broadcasting & Television Station, and paintings by Zhangjun Peng, Shuyan Chen and Yanzeng Huang)
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