Today marks the start of 二十四節気 NIJUSHISEKKI the 24th day of the 24 seasonal zodiac, 「小雪」”Shousetsu”!
The calendar divides the year into six parts: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and winter.
Twenty-four solar terms in winter
立冬 Rittou → 小雪 SHOUSETSU → 大雪 TAISETSU → 冬至 TOUJI winter solstice → 小寒 SHOUKAN → 大寒 DAIKAN
■ 小雪 SHOUSETSU
The time when snow begins to fall
It is said to be called 「小雪」”light snow” because it does not yet fall enough to accumulate.
The next 24th day of the month is December 7, 大雪 “Taisetsu” (heavy snow).
■ 七十二候 SHITIJUNIKOU The 72 solar terms
A calendar that further divides the 24 solar terms into three parts.
The first season is from 22nd to 27th.
虹蔵不見 Niji Kakurete Miezu
The sky becomes overcast and the sun shines less brightly, so we see fewer rainbows.
The next season, from 28th to 2nd
朔風払葉 Kitakaze Konohawo Harau
Around the time when the cold northerly wind blows the leaves off the trees.
Saku-kaze means north wind.
The last season, from 3rd to 6th
橘始黄 Tachibana Hajimete Kibamu
(Tachibana ostarts to yellow, flowers and flowers start to kibaemu)
Around the time when the fruits of citrus turn yellow.
Autumn harvest festivals are held in many places, and after these festivals are over, we head into the rush of the year-end season!
Year-end gifts, New Year’s cards, cleaning, etc.
Every year I get more and more anxious💦.