The traditional Chinese calendar divides a year into 24 solar terms. Lìdōng (Chinese and Japanese: 立冬; pinyin: lìdōng; ) is the 19th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 225° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 240°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 225°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around November 7 and ends around November 22.

Lidong
Chinese立冬
Literal meaningstart of winter
Solar term
Term Longitude Dates
Lichun 315° 4–5 February
Yushui 330° 18–19 February
Jingzhe 345° 5–6 March
Chunfen 20–21 March
Qingming 15° 4–5 April
Guyu 30° 20–21 April
Lixia 45° 5–6 May
Xiaoman 60° 21–22 May
Mangzhong 75° 5–6 June
Xiazhi 90° 21–22 June
Xiaoshu 105° 7–8 July
Dashu 120° 22–23 July
Liqiu 135° 7–8 August
Chushu 150° 23–24 August
Bailu 165° 7–8 September
Qiufen 180° 23–24 September
Hanlu 195° 8–9 October
Shuangjiang 210° 23–24 October
Lidong 225° 7–8 November
Xiaoxue 240° 22–23 November
Daxue 255° 7–8 December
Dongzhi 270° 21–22 December
Xiaohan 285° 5–6 January
Dahan 300° 20–21 January

Lidong signifies the beginning of winter in East Asian cultures.

PentadsEdit

  • 水始冰, 'Water begins to freeze' – the initial stages of water bodies freezing over.
  • 地始凍, 'The earth begins to harden'
  • 雉入大水為蜃, 'Pheasants enter the water for clams'

Date and timeEdit

Date and Time (UTC)
year begin end
辛巳 2001-11-07 08:36 2001-11-22 06:00
壬午 2002-11-07 14:21 2002-11-22 11:53
癸未 2003-11-07 20:13 2003-11-22 17:43
甲申 2004-11-07 01:58 2004-11-21 23:21
乙酉 2005-11-07 07:42 2005-11-22 05:14
丙戌 2006-11-07 13:34 2006-11-22 11:01
丁亥 2007-11-07 19:24 2007-11-22 16:49
戊子 2008-11-07 01:10 2008-11-21 22:44
己丑 2009-11-07 06:56 2009-11-22 04:22
庚寅 2010-11-07 12:42 2010-11-22 10:14
辛卯 2011-11-07 18:34 2011-11-22 16:07
壬辰 2012-11-07 00:25 2012-11-21 21:50
癸巳 2013-11-07 06:13 2013-11-22 03:48
甲午 2014-11-07 12:06 2014-11-22 09:38
乙未 2015-11-07 18:00 2015-11-22 15:26
丙申 2016-11-06 23:47 2016-11-21 21:23
丁酉 2017-11-07 05:34 2017-11-22 03:02
戊戌 2018-11-07 11:30 2018-11-22 08:59
己亥 2019-11-07 17:25 2019-11-22 14:59
庚子 2020-11-06 23:13 2020-11-21 20:40
Source: JPL Horizons On-Line Ephemeris System
Preceded by
Shuangjiang (霜降)
Solar term (節氣) Succeeded by
Xiaoxue (小雪)