Series Category: Seasonal - Summer

Summer is a warm and inviting season defined by abundance, auspiciousness and remarkable achievements. Regarded as the most Yang (阳) season, summer is associated with the Major Yang, and is exemplified by events such as Lixia (立夏), Mangzhong (芒种) and the Summer Solstice.

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490 years of Summer Solstice Celebrations at the Temple of Earth

Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins This year, the Summer Solstice falls on 21 June, marking the peak of Summer. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, generations of emperors patronised the Temple of Earth to offer sacrificial offerings to the God of Earth annually. It was believed that such ritual worship during the Summer Solstice would […]

Celebrating Cundi Guan Yin (準提观音) during Lixia (立夏)

Estimated Reading Time: 4 min Signifying the passing of spring, the arrival of Lixia (立夏) denotes the arrival of summer in traditional Chinese culture. The seventh out of the 24 solar terms that constitute the Chinese lunar calendar, Lixia marks the period when the sun falls between the celestial longitudes of 45° and 60°. This […]

Mangzhong: A Time of Growth and Prosperity in Imperial Feng Shui

Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins Mangzhong (芒种) is a pivotal solar term in the Chinese calendar, marking a period of growth and renewal. As the time when the earth warms and crops begin to grow, Mangzhong symbolises new beginnings and nourishment, laying the groundwork for prosperity and renewal. This solar term, which commences on 5 […]

Guan Yin’s Second Birthday — Attainment of Enlightenment

Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins As the revered embodiment of the Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin holds profound significance in Buddhism, emerging as a prominent figure within its diverse branches, cultures and traditions. Held in great esteem for her boundless compassion and role in alleviating universal suffering, Guan Yin is admired by her devotees for […]

Mangzhong: New Beginnings with Imperial Harvest QING Collection

Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins The auspicious season of Mangzhong precedes the Summer Solstice’s grandiose celebrations, spanning from 5 to 21 June. 《月令七十二侯集解》:“五月节,谓有芒之种谷可稼种矣。” The 72 Pentads (月令七十二侯集解) is an ancient Chinese calendar system which depicts the subtle changes in Nature over the four seasons. It achieves this detailed periodicity by dividing each year into 72 […]

Summer: The Season of Abundance

Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins In both past and present Chinese culture, summer is widely regarded as the season of abundance, auspiciousness and achievement. Regarded as the most Yang (阳) season in the eternal Yin-Yang (阴阳) cycle, summer is closely associated with passion, growth and brightness. The season harnesses a deep, intense energy to fuel […]

Embracing the spirit of the Summer Solstice

Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins As the sun reaches its zenith in summer, it heralds the arrival of the Summer Solstice, a momentous occasion celebrated across cultures and traditions. This momentous occasion, also known as Xiazhi (夏至), represents a time of abundance and achievement — bringing a much anticipated period of growth and prosperity that […]

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