Twenty-Four Seasons No. 16 [Autumn Equinox]
From white dew to autumnal equinox.
As the saying goes, ``the heat and the cold are all the way to the equinoctial shore'', the lingering summer heat gradually subsides and autumn deepens.
The autumnal equinox is the day when day and night are of equal length, marking the beginning of the gradual transition from autumn to winter. Both the vernal and autumnal equinoxes are the same in that the sun rises due east and sets due west, so day and night are approximately the same time.
After the vernal equinox, the days that were short during the winter become longer towards the summer solstice.
After the autumnal equinox, the days that were long during the summer become shorter as we approach the winter solstice.
In addition, in the 24 solar terms, the summer solstice, winter solstice, vernal equinox, and autumnal equinox are collectively referred to as ``Niji Nibun'' and are expressed as indicators of the division of the 24 seasons.
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Vernal Equinox (Spring Equinox)Autumn Equinox (Autumn Equinox)
Summer Solstice (Summer Solstice) Winter Solstice (Winter Solstice)
A time to pray for a bountiful harvest, give thanks and celebrate the harvest.
It is said to be the time to praise nature and respect living things .
Why are [Summer Solstice/Winter Solstice] not designated as holidays? I am sometimes asked.
[Summer Solstice/Winter Solstice] does not have the customs (Higan) like the ``Spring/Autumn Imperial Spirit Festival'', so unlike the Vernal Equinox and Autumn Equinox, they are not designated as holidays.
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[Autumn Equinox] The 72 signs are expressed as follows.
●First weather <Kaminari, i.e. sounding the voice>
When the thunder that rang throughout the summer subsides.
It is a weather that is paired with the ``Kaminari, or voice hassu'' that occurs around the time of the vernal equinox. There are several pairs of names for the 72 seasons, and by knowing these names, you can feel the cycle of the seasons.
●Second candidate <Mushikakuretoto (blocking the door)>
The time when insects begin preparing for winter.
●The end of the world <Mizuhatsu Karuru>
The time when the rice fields are drained and the ears of rice are harvested.