Staying Healthy at the Coldest Time of the Year

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A solar term is a period of about two weeks, based on the sun’s position in the zodiac. Solar terms form the traditional Chinese calendar system. The calendar follows the ancient Chinese belief that living in accordance with nature will enable one to live a harmonious life. This article series explores each solar term, offering guidance on how to best navigate the season.

Solar Term: Xiao Han ‘Minor/Lesser Cold’

2023 Dates: Jan. 5 to 19

The holidays are synonymous with the hustle and bustle of family gatherings, traditional foods, and hopefully, some joyous celebration. We’ve also arrived at the coldest days of the year.

This year, Minor Cold starts on Jan. 5 and goes until Jan. 19. It’s the 23rd of the 24 solar terms and the fifth solar term of winter. This is the solar term that traditionally has the coldest days of the year. Although …

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