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The Twenty-Four Solar Terms: Chinese knowledge of time and practices developed through observation of the sun's annual motion

Language: English
Available in:»English»中文

To better understand the seasons, astronomy and other natural phenomena the ancient Chinese looked at the sun's circular motion and divided it into 24 segments called Solar Terms. The terms such as First Frost, based on observations of the environment, have been integrated in calendars as a time frame for daily routines and production, being particularly important for farmers. Some folk festivities are associated with the terms, which have contributed to community cultural identity. Knowledge is transmitted in families and schools.

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Place/region: China, Asia and the Pacific
Series: Inscriptions on the Intangible Heritage Lists
Type: Documentary
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Publisher: China Agriculture Film and Television Center
Coproducer/sponsor: China Agricultural Museum
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Rights: China Agricultural Museum

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: HQFS-CLTICH-2016-RL-0064700022
Source ref.: DOC:0064700022. CAND:00647
Rights holder: UNESCO ; China Agricultural Museum