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Minor Heat

source:chinadaily.com.cn release date:2017/07/07 hits:164

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The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Minor Heat, the 11th solar term of the year, begins on July 7 this year and ends on July 21.

Minor Heat signifies the hottest period is coming but the extreme hot point has yet to arrive.

Storms, thunder and hail often happen during Minor Heat, though in some years there might be droughts. One of the prevailing farming activities during Minor Heat is staying on top of flood control and drought relief.

In Minor Heat, high temperatures are good for the growth of the lotus flower. From Minor Heat to the Double Ninth Festival, the lotus flower is in full bloom, and always simple but elegant.

Minor Heat is the season when fireflies become lively. Zhu Shuzhen, a woman of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), once described in her famous poem Summer Fireflies a happy scene of children playing with fireflies in the woods at night.

Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes to avoid heat strokes from the rising temperature and humidity during minor heat. Seasonal fruits, such as cherries and water melons, are good choices. 

It is a folk custom to eat lotus roots during minor heat. Lotus roots have been served in the royal court in summer since the reign of Emperor Xianfeng of the Qing Dynasty (1851-1861).

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