24 Solar Terms:Heavy Snow 大雪
After the “Slight Snow”, it’s the “Heavy Snow”, which is around December 7 orDecember 8 each year. “Heavy Snow”, just like it’s meaning, indicates more snow daysand snowfalls. Most of the places in China reach below 0 degree Celsius. The HanhaoBird stop singing, the tigers shows courtship behavior and Liting, a kind of fragrantthoroughwort sprouts. “Heavy Snow” is a very important period for farmers. If the snowis very heavy, it means next year will be a harvesting year. This is because that thenitrogen compound in snow is 4 times more than those in the rain. When the snow meltand soak into the soil, the increased nitrogen in soil can be absorbed by crops quicker.At the same time, the freezing snow water can kill many pests on earth’s surface layer.
It’s the time for farmers to make sure the seed for vegetables, fruit trees and flowers,and farm animals are kept warm. It’s also necessary to check in the winter wheat fieldand loose the soil.
Healthy Living Tips
Many people living in north China catch cold during this period. A folk prescription is todrink “Heavy Snow Healthy Soup”, which help defense the cold. According to traditionalformula, the soup should be eaten three days before, three days in the middle, andthree days after the “Heavy Snow” date, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the time where humanbody advocates kidney. Ingredients include 3 grams of cordyceps sinensis, 3 grams ofdog meat, 3 grams of cinnamon. Boil together with water. During “Heavy Snow”, eatingmedlar, agaric, wax gourd soup is also very good to one’s health.