Slight Snow Day


Xiaoxue is the 20th solar term in the solar term. “Light snow”is a solar term that reflects the characteristics of the climate. It occurs on the 22nd or 23rd day of the Gregorian calendar, when the sun reaches the 240 ° Meridian. The solar term Xiaoxue has nothing to do with the light snow. The light snow in Xiaoxue’s solar term is different from the light snow in the daily weather forecast. Xiaoxue’s solar term is a climatic concept, which represents the climatic characteristics during Xiaoxue’s solar term The light snow in the weather forecast refers to the snow with less intensity.

Phenological characteristics

In the ancient book Qunfangpu, it is said that Xiaoxue will have snow when the air is cold, but the ground is not even cold, and the snow is not even heavy, which means that by the time of the minor snow solar term, due to the cold weather, the form of precipitation changes from rain to snow, but at this time, due to the fact that the ground is not very cold, the snow falls less often, there’s not a lot of snow, so it’s called Xiaoxue.

Light Snow is a season that reflects weather phenomena. Snow is small and there is no snow on the ground. This is the original meaning of the solar term “Light snow”. Xiaoxue and rain, grain rain and other solar terms, are a direct reflection of precipitation solar terms.

Xiaoxue solar term, East Asia has established a relatively stable meridional circulation, the Siberian region often has low pressure or low trough, when moving east there will be large-scale cold air southward, east China will have large-scale wind cooling weather. Xiaoxue solar term is cold wave and strong cold air activity frequency higher solar term.

Xiaoxue’s solar term is not necessarily snow, but said light snow season, the temperature drops, the temperature drops to the degree of snow, but because the surface temperature is not low enough, even if it drops, the snow will be very small, or even no. So whether it will snow on this day depends on the current weather conditions.

Related folk customs

1.Cured meat

There is a folk custom of “Curing in the winter wind, storing to resist the winter”. After light snow temperature drops sharply, the weather becomes dry, is the processing bacon the good time.

After Xiaoxue’s solar term, some farmers began to make sausages and preserved meat, saving the extra meat in the traditional way so that they could enjoy the delicious food during the Spring Festival.

2.Eat Ciba

In some parts of the south, there is also the custom of eating Ciba in the lunar month of October. Glutinous Rice cake is a kind of food made by steaming and pounding glutinous rice. It is a popular food in some areas of south China. 

3.Dried fish

In ancient times, CIBA is the traditional festival offerings in the south, the earliest used by farmers to worship the God of cattle offerings. There is a saying “October Dynasty, ciba Lu Burn”, which refers to the sacrificial events.

Taiwanese proverb: October beans, fat to the head, refers to the cloth bag in Chiayi County area, to the lunar month of October can be caught “Bean fish.”.

4.Eat sliced soup

Around Xiaoxue, the Tujia people once again began the annual “Pig killing, New Year”folk activities, to the cold winter added a warm atmosphere.

  It is a custom in Tujia people to eat “Goutang,”or “Goutang,”or “Goutang,”or “Goutang,”as it is known in the Chinese New Year Festival, when the best fresh pork is still warm and cooked.