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The Twenty-Four Terms in childhood by breathing2004 The Twenty-Four Terms in childhood by breathing2004
The Twenty-Four Terms are the traditional chinese time spot

The first fifteen days of the Chinese lunar month makes the first term, namely:

Beginning of Spring
usually starting from the fourth or fifth of Febrary. And the first day is the Chinese New Year's Day or the onset of the Spring Festival. Incidentally, the New Year's Day of 1995 is January 31st.
The second fifteen days are named:

Rain Water
from the nineteeth or twentieth of Febrary, a time when rainy seasons are setting in.
In order come the following terms:

Waking of Insects
from the fifth or sixth of March, as the earth awakes from hibernation;
Spring Equinox
from the twentieth or twenty-first of March;
Pure Brightness
from the fourth or fifth of April;
Grain Rain
from the twentieth or twenty-first of April;
Beginning of Summer
from the fifth or sixth of May;
Grain Full
from the twentieth or twenty-first of May;
Grain in Ear
from the fifth or sixth of June;
Summer Solstice
from the twenty-first or second of June;
Slight Heat
from the sixth or seventh of July;
Great Heat
from the twenty-second or third of July;
Beginning of Autumn
from the seventh or eighth of August;
Limit of Heat
from the twenty-third or fourth of August;
White Dew
from the seventh or eighth of September;
Autumnal Equinox
from the twenty-third or fourth of September;
Cold Dew
from the eighth or nineth of October;
Frost's Descent
from the twentieth-three or fourth of October;
Beginning of Winter
from the seventh or eighth of November;
Slight Snow
from the twenty-second or third of November;
Great Snow
from the seventh or eighth of December;
Winter Solstice
from the twenty-second or third of December;
Slight Cold
from the fifth or sixth of January; and lastly
Great Cold
from the twentieth or twenty-first of January which brings the 24-term cycle to an end.
On the Chinese Calendar, you will also find terminology like Tian Gan and Di Zhi (Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch), a peculiar Chinese way of marking the years in a sixty-year cycle. There is also a system that marks the years in a twelve-year cycle, naming each of them after an animal such as Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar. BTW, I was born in the year of Sheep.
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LarissaLoyd Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
China! :love: Is that you? So sweet!
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dmmodmm Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
哈哈~二十四节气,好温馨
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angoukohaku Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is wonderful! A whole different way to look at the year from what I am used to. :)
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nanananaBatfreak Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I can't you how much I adore this pic. It's so full of love, caring and enjoying life to it's fullest. The boy has the gift of seeing beauty around him. He is a part of a wonderful family and he doesn't dismiss his origin and traditions. This is a true definition of childhood.

It moved me. Thank you. :')
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
it is so cute ^^
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3DPASTA Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist
whoa! I'm jelly of this kid
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Lexxi-on Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Pictures speak a thousand words. I love this, very simple (compared to your other works, still a lot of detail in this) but also very sweet. Another fav from me ^.^
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ola2103 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! these are amazing!!
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional
Very beautiful! hehehehe
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zhaomeng Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Dong Zhi!! haha. miss the tang yuan...
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