The Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Grain in Ear, (Chinese: 芒种), the 9th solar term, begins on June 5 this year and signifies the ripening of crops such as barley and wheat. It is a busy period for farmers.
The solar terms were created thousands of years ago to guide agricultural production. They remain useful today in guiding people's lives through special foods, cultural ceremonies and healthy living tips that correspond with each term.
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