Monday, September 8, 2008


Jīngzhé or Keichitsu is the 3rd of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian calendars. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 345° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 360°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 345°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around March 5 and ends around March 20.

The word has the meaning of awakening of insects. is startling, and is hibernated . The traditional Chinese farming culture said that during Jingzhe, thunderstorms will wake up the hibernated insects, which also means the weather is getting warm.


Each solar term can be divided into 3 pentads . They are first pentad , second pentad and last pentad . Pentads in Jingzhe including:

; China
* First pentad: 桃始華
* Second pentad: 倉庚鳴
* Last pentad: 鷹化為鳩

; Japan
* First pentad: 蟄虫啓戸
* Second pentad: 桃始笑
* Last pentad: 菜虫化蝶

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