|315°||Lichun||4 – 5 February|
|345°||Jingzhe||5 – 6 March|
|15°||Qingming||4 – 5 April|
|45°||Lixia||5 – 6 May|
|75°||Mangzhong||5 – 6 June|
|105°||Xiaoshu||7 – 8 July|
|135°||Liqiu||7 – 8 August|
|165°||Bailu||7 – 8 September|
|195°||Hanlu||8 – 9 October|
|225°||Lidong||7 – 8 November|
|255°||Daxue||7 – 8 December|
|285°||Xiaohan||5 – 6 January|
The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms (節氣). Chūnfēn (pīnyīn), Shunbun (rōmaji), or Chunbun/Ch'unbun (romaja) (Chinese and Japanese: 春分; Korean: 춘분; Vietnamese: Xuân phân; literally: "vernal equinox") is the 4th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 0° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 15°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 0°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around 20 March and ends around 4 April (5 April East Asia time).
|辛巳||2001-03-20 13:30||2001-04-04 17:24|
|壬午||2002-03-20 19:16||2002-04-04 23:18|
|癸未||2003-03-21 00:59||2003-04-05 04:52|
|甲申||2004-03-20 06:48||2004-04-04 10:43|
|乙酉||2005-03-20 12:33||2005-04-04 16:34|
|丙戌||2006-03-20 18:25||2006-04-04 22:15|
|丁亥||2007-03-21 00:07||2007-04-05 04:04|
|戊子||2008-03-20 05:48||2008-04-04 09:45|
|己丑||2009-03-20 11:43||2009-04-04 15:33|
|庚寅||2010-03-20 17:32||2010-04-04 21:30|
|辛卯||2011-03-20 23:20||2011-04-05 03:11|
|壬辰||2012-03-20 05:14||2012-04-04 09:05|
|癸巳||2013-03-20 11:01||2013-04-04 15:02|
|甲午||2014-03-20 16:57||2014-04-04 20:46|
Each solar term can be divided into 3 pentads (候). They are: first pentad (初候), second pentad (次候) and last pentad (末候). Pentads in Chunfen include:
- First pentad: 玄鳥至, 'The dark birds arrive'. 'Dark bird' in this case refers to swallows, which are also making their northward migration.
- Second pentad: 雷乃發聲, 'Thunder sounds', referring to the onset of spring thunderstorms.
- Last pentad: 始電, 'Lightning begins'. This refers to thunderstorms as well, but also to the gradual lengthening of daytime, and the prevalence of sunlight.
A pentad as follows was referred to Japanese traditional calendar presented in a smaller, easy to use, format.
- First pentad: Suzume hajimete sukuu (雀始巣?), 'Sparrow begins holding a nest'.
- Second pentad: Sakura hajimete hiraku (桜始開?), 'Cherry blossoms open for the first time'.
- Last pentad: Kaminari sunawachi koeo hassu (雷乃発声?), 'Distant thunder start to sound'.
- Kondō Heijō (近藤瓶城), ed. (1901). 新加纂録類 (Shinka Sanrokurui). 改定史籍集覧 (Kaitei Shiseki Shūran). 19. (Meiji 34). Tokyo: 近藤活版所 (Kondō Kappansho). p. 110.
- Fujisawa, Morihiko (1961). 年中行事編 (Nenjū Gyōjihen). 図説日本民俗学全集 (Zusetsu Nihon Minzokugaku Zenshū). 7. Tokyo: Akane Shobō. p. 103.