The Twenty-Four Terms are the traditional chinese time spot
The first fifteen days of the Chinese lunar month makes the first term, namely:
Beginning of Spring usually starting from the fourth or fifth of Febrary. And the first day is the Chinese New Year's Day or the onset of the Spring Festival. Incidentally, the New Year's Day of 1995 is January 31st. The second fifteen days are named:
Rain Water from the nineteeth or twentieth of Febrary, a time when rainy seasons are setting in. In order come the following terms:
Waking of Insects from the fifth or sixth of March, as the earth awakes from hibernation; Spring Equinox from the twentieth or twenty-first of March; Pure Brightness from the fourth or fifth of April; Grain Rain from the twentieth or twenty-first of April; Beginning of Summer from the fifth or sixth of May; Grain Full from the twentieth or twenty-first of May; Grain in Ear from the fifth or sixth of June; Summer Solstice from the twenty-first or second of June; Slight Heat from the sixth or seventh of July; Great Heat from the twenty-second or third of July; Beginning of Autumn from the seventh or eighth of August; Limit of Heat from the twenty-third or fourth of August; White Dew from the seventh or eighth of September; Autumnal Equinox from the twenty-third or fourth of September; Cold Dew from the eighth or nineth of October; Frost's Descent from the twentieth-three or fourth of October; Beginning of Winter from the seventh or eighth of November; Slight Snow from the twenty-second or third of November; Great Snow from the seventh or eighth of December; Winter Solstice from the twenty-second or third of December; Slight Cold from the fifth or sixth of January; and lastly Great Cold from the twentieth or twenty-first of January which brings the 24-term cycle to an end. On the Chinese Calendar, you will also find terminology like Tian Gan and Di Zhi (Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch), a peculiar Chinese way of marking the years in a sixty-year cycle. There is also a system that marks the years in a twelve-year cycle, naming each of them after an animal such as Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar. BTW, I was born in the year of Sheep.
Wrapped up the completed first issue of my comic, "1001." If you're in Toronto this weekend, come on down to my table at Wizard World for a first print copy! Or, if you're, say, on the other side of the world, it will be available online for free come Friday.