Jingzhe

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Etymology[edit]

From Mandarin 惊蛰 (Jīngzhé), from (rouse, startle, stir) + (hibernate) = “rouse [insects] from [their] hibernation”.

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Jingzhe

  1. The “Waking of Insects”; the Chinese third solar term[1] — a “month” lasting from the fifth to the twentieth days of March.
    • 1998: Robert B. Marks, Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial South China, p111 (Cambridge University Press; ISBN 0521591775 (10), ISBN 978-0521591775 (13))
      In Cenxi county, south of Wuzhou on a tributary flowing into the West River, the local gazetteer even assigned a specific date to the introduction of double cropping of rice: “Planting an early crop of rice first began during the Tianqi reign (1621–27), [and after that] each year two crops were harvested. The early crop is planted at Jingzhe [“Waking of the Insects”, March 5] and harvested in Xiaoshu or Dashu [“Lesser” or “Greater Heat”, July 7–23]. The late crop is planted at Mengzhong [“Grain in the Ear”, June 6] and harvested in the first month of the winter [mid-November].”73
    • 2004: Hanchao Lu, Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth Century, p298 (The University of California Press; ISBN 0520243781 (10), ISBN 978-0520243781 (13))
      In Shanghai, popular beliefs such as the idea that a thunderstorm prior to Jingzhe (the Waking of Hibernation, third solar period) foretells a bad year, eating many watermelons after Liqiu (the Beginning of Autumn, thirteenth solar period) may cause typhoid, tonics are most efficacious if taken after Dongzhi (the Winter Solstice, twenty-second solar period), and so on remained powerful in the twentieth century.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jīngzhé listed on page 308 of the ABC Chinese–English Dictionary: Alphabetically Based Computerized, by John DeFrancis (1999; The University of Hawaiʻi Press; ISBN 0824821548 (10), ISBN 978-0824821548 (13))