Xiaoxue

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Solar term
  Longitude     Term     Calendar
  Spring
  315°   Lichun    4 – 5 February
  330°   Yushui   18–19 February
  345°   Jingzhe    5 – 6 March
  0°   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, Shōsetsu, Soseol, or Tiểu tuyết(Chinese and Japanese: 小雪; pinyin: xiǎoxuě; rōmaji: shōsetsu; Korean: 소설; romaja: soseol; 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.

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