Minor Cold (Chinese: 小寒 xiǎo hán) is the 23rd solar term of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms. For most areas of China, it marks the start of the coldest days of the year. The world is frozen during those days, and the howling northern wind is so strong and cold, as needles sticking into your bone. The date of Minor Cold is January 5th or 6th each year depending on the movement of the sun. In 2022, The Minor Cold starts from 5th January and ends on 19th January.
Move your body
As an old saying goes, “One must train in the hottest days, Sanfu, and the coldest days, Sanjiu.” Keeping exercise during the cold winter not only makes you strong physically, but also mentally driving you to get through the cold winter, Moderate-intensity exercise such as jogging, rope skipping, ice skating and snow-ball fight is highly recommended, However, you should avoid doing any activities that are strenuous during the extreme weather, as they are bad for health.
Nourish your body
There is also a famous saying: “ The coldest days and the hote . davs in a year are a perfect time for nourishment.” Apart from the clothes to keep you warm, taking nutritious food, such as hot food is also a way to invigorate. For example, the north-easterners in China usually have pork stew, Nanjing locals like vegetable rice, and people in Guangzhou are fans of glutinous rice (Nanjing and Guangzhou is the city in the southern of China).
One important traditional festival during the Minor Cold is the Laba. It refers to the eighth day of December in the lunar calendar. This is the day when people celebrate by eating Laba porridge and Laba garlic.