Minor Heat coming

2020-07-15
Minor Heat coming As mid-summer arrives and temperatures climb, China welcomes the fifth solar term of the summer and the 11th of the 24 solar terms on lunar Chinese calendar – Xiaoshu, also known as "Minor Heat." This year, Xiaoshu falls on July 6. Just as the name suggests, heat is one of the key words for this solar term. But why is it called "Minor Heat"? This name stems from an ancient Chinese saying about hot days. The solar term before Xiaoshu is the Summer Solstice, which is followed by three consecutive periods during the hot season. These periods were called "Fu" in Chinese, meaning the heat would make people want to lie down. As the first "Fu" period is relatively cooler, the solar term during this period is called "Minor Heat," and the next one is called "Major Heat" – hot, but not the hottest yet.
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