Lìxià is the 7th solar term according to the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar, which divides a year into 24 solar terms (節氣).[1]

Lixia
Chinese立夏
Literal meaningstart of summer
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

It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 45° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 60°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 45°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around May 5 and ends around May 21.

Lixia signifies the beginning of summer in East Asian cultures.

Date and timeEdit

Date and Time (UTC)
year begin end
辛巳 2001-05-05 10:44 2001-05-20 23:44
壬午 2002-05-05 16:37 2002-05-21 05:29
癸未 2003-05-05 22:10 2003-05-21 11:12
甲申 2004-05-05 04:02 2004-05-20 16:59
乙酉 2005-05-05 09:52 2005-05-20 22:47
丙戌 2006-05-05 15:30 2006-05-21 04:31
丁亥 2007-05-05 21:20 2007-05-21 10:11
戊子 2008-05-05 03:03 2008-05-20 16:00
己丑 2009-05-05 08:50 2009-05-20 21:51
庚寅 2010-05-05 14:44 2010-05-21 03:33
辛卯 2011-05-05 20:23 2011-05-21 09:21
壬辰 2012-05-05 02:19 2012-05-20 15:15
癸巳 2013-05-05 08:18 2013-05-20 21:09
甲午 2014-05-05 13:59 2014-05-21 02:59
乙未 2015-05-05 19:55 2015-05-21 08:43
丙申 2016-05-05 01:41 2016-05-20 14:38
丁酉 2017-05-05 07:29 2017-05-20 20:33
戊戌 2018-05-05 13:26 2018-05-21 02:14
己亥 2019-05-05 19:05 2019-05-21 07:57
庚子 2020-05-05 00:51 2020-05-20 13:50
Source: JPL Horizons On-Line Ephemeris System

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zhang, Peiyu; Hunag, Hongfeng (1994). "The Twenty-four Solar Terms of the Chinese Calendar and the Calculation for Them". Purple Mountain Observatory.
Preceded by
Guyu (穀雨)
Solar term (節氣) Succeeded by
Xiaoman (小滿)