Animals in solar terms: Dahan
By Xu Chenlu, Xing Fangyu

Friday marked Dahan, or the Major Cold in the Chinese solar terms. This is the last solar term of the winter and also the whole year. Dahan is usually very close to the Spring Festival, which falls on January 22 this year. The reason why this solar term is named “Major Cold” is because it falls on the coldest period of the year.

The representing animals for this solar term are chicken and raptors. When Dahan arrives, the chicken starts to hatch chicks. Besides, as the weather remains cold, raptors need more food to keep warm, so you can see them hover and prey frequently.

(Video provided by Zhongshan Broadcasting and Television Station. Artwork and inscription by Zhimian Chen, a member of Guangdong Artists Association)

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