Lidong welcomes winter with harvest rituals, warming feasts

It is not yet really cold, but winter is definitely on the horizon in China, before all autumn leaves have fallen to the ground. Tuesday marks Lidong, the 19th of the 24 solar terms, which is considered the beginning of the winter on Chinese lunar calendar.

Lidong usually covers the period from November 7 to 22, when water starts to bite and the earth begins to harden. It is the season for every living creature to get ready for the big chill.


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