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24 Solar Terms: 8 things you may not know about Autumn Equinox

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-09-23 06:06

24 Solar Terms: 8 things you may not know about Autumn Equinox

A painting of Autumn Equinox from Li Xiaolin. As a popular young Chinese artist, Li combined the customs during a solar term and the associated food and created a series of illustrations named "24 Solar Terms and Chinese Delicacies". [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Autumn Equinox, (Chinese: 秋分), the 16th solar term of the year, begins this year on Sept 22 and ends on Oct 7.

Autumn Equinox lies at the midpoint of autumn, dividing autumn into two equal parts. After that day, the location of direct sunlight moves to the south, making days shorter and nights longer in the northern hemisphere.

Here are 8 things you should know about Autumn Equinox.

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