The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Major Cold, the 24th solar term, begins this year on Jan 20 and ends on Feb 4.
Major Cold is the last solar term in winter and also the last solar term in the annual lunar calendar. In this period, snow, rain and icy cold weather exert a big influence on people's lives.
Here are six things SEUers should know about Major Cold, especially those from abroad.
In Anqing of Anhui province, people traditionally eat fried spring rolls during Major Cold. They use a round, cooked, thin pancake to wrap stuffing in a thin roll. Then it is fried in a pan with oil until it turns yellow and floats to the top. The stuffing inside the spring roll contains meat or vegetables and the flavor can be salty or sweet.
Residents in Nanjing like to drink stewed soup during Major Cold, which can make people feel warm from head to foot. They always stew the aged hen soup with ginseng, matrimony vine and black fungus.
There is a saying that goes, Dripping water freezes during Minor and Major Cold. In various regions of China, Major Cold is the perfect time for winter sports such as skiing, ice skating and sledding.