24 Solar Terms: 8 things you may not know about Start of Winter
chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Nov 8, 2019
Welcoming the winter in ancient times
The four beginnings of the seasons were important festivals in ancient times. Before the Start of Winter, an ancient emperor would take a shower and eat no more meat. On that day, the emperor would lead his officials to the suburbs and perform the ceremony of "welcoming the winter."