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 (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)