Xiaoxue

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Solar term
 Longi-
tude
 
  Term   Calendar
Spring
315° Lichun 4-5 February
330° Yushui 18-19 February
345° Jingzhe 5-6 March
Chunfen 20-21 March
15° Qingming 4-5 April
30° Guyu 20-21 April
Summer
45° Lixia 5-6 May
60° Xiaoman 21-22 May
75° Mangzhong 5-6 June
90° Xiazhi 21-22 June
105° Xiaoshu 7-8 July
120° Dashu 22-23 July
Autumn
135° Liqiu 7-8 August
150° Chushu 23-24 August
165° Bailu 7-8 September
180° Qiufen 23-24 September
195° Hanlu 8-9 October
210° Shuangjiang 23-24 October
Winter
225° Lidong 7-8 November
240° Xiaoxue 22-23 November
255° Daxue 7-8 December
270° Dongzhi 21-22 December
285° Xiaohan 5-6 January
300° Dahan 20-21 January
Date and Time (UTC)
year begin end
辛巳 2001-11-22 06:00 2001-12-07 01:28
壬午 2002-11-22 11:53 2002-12-07 07:14
癸未 2003-11-22 17:43 2003-12-07 13:05
甲申 2004-11-21 23:21 2004-12-06 18:48
乙酉 2005-11-22 05:14 2005-12-07 00:32
丙戌 2006-11-22 11:01 2006-12-07 06:26
丁亥 2007-11-22 16:49 2007-12-07 12:14
戊子 2008-11-21 22:44 2008-12-06 18:02
己丑 2009-11-22 04:22 2009-12-06 23:52
庚寅 2010-11-22 10:14 2010-12-07 05:38
辛卯 2011-11-22 16:07 2011-12-07 11:29
壬辰 2012-11-21 21:50 2012-12-06 17:18
癸巳 2013-11-22 03:48 2013-12-06 23:08
甲午 2014-11-22 09:38 2014-12-07 05:04

Source: JPL Horizons On-Line Ephemeris System

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms (節氣). Xiǎoxuě (pīnyīn) or Shōsetsu (rōmaji) (Chinese and Japanese: 小雪; Korean: 소설; Vietnamese: Tiểu tuyết; literally: "minor snow") is the 20th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 240° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 255°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 240°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around 22 November and ends around 7 December.

Pentads[edit]

  • 虹藏不見, 'Rainbows are concealed from view'. It was believed that rainbows were the results of yin and yang energy mixing; winter, being dominated by yin, would not present rainbows.
  • 天氣上騰地氣下降, 'The Qi of the sky ascends, the qi of the earth descends'
  • 閉塞而成冬, 'Closure and stasis create winter'. The end of mixing between sky and earth, yin and yang, leads to the dormancy of winter.


Preceded by
Lidong (立冬)
Solar term (節氣) Succeeded by
Daxue (大雪)