Risshun (Lìchūn)

Risshun or Lìchūn is the spring festival that marks the division between winter and spring.

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar periods.


Lìchūn or Risshun literally means "start of spring") and is the first solar term.

In the Gregorian calendar, the period usually begins around 4th February and ends around 18th February.  In the Republic of China, Lichun has been known as Farmer's Day since 1941.

In the lunisolar calendar (a calendar whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year.), New Year's Day might be before or after Lichun. A year without Lichun is called "no spring year", "widow year" in northern China or "blind year" in southern China. 

Marriage is believed to be unlucky in a year without Lichun.

Rissun is known as the bean-throwing festival. At home, a male of the family will scatter roasted beans and say "demons out, good luck in". At shrines, lucky beans are thrown into the congregation, who will attempt to catch them.

Last modified on Friday, 14 February 2014 07:58

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