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Keep You Informed Of Chinese Culture In Colorado Springs

Newsletter 14 June 2022| Issue 2022-01 

The 24 Solar Terms of the Chinese Calendar

The Chinese people use both solar and lunar calendars for farming and holidays. The solar calendar is known as the 24 solar terms (jie qi 節氣)that describe the changes in nature and guide farming activities, while the lunar calendar defines many Chinese holidays, such as the Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival (the Mid-Autumn Festival). Each of our newsletters will introduce one of the 24 terms. The first one is Summer Solstice, the Arrival of Summer. It begins on June 21st and ends on July 6th. 

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Summer Solstice

(Xiàzhì, 夏至)

The daytime is the longest and the nighttime is the shortest of the year.

Herb teas for this term (June 21- July 6):

  1. Hawthorn, Radix ginseng, raw malt, bamboo leaves (1:1:2:1)
  2. Wolfberry (Goji berry), mint, Schisandra, chrysanthemum (3:1:4:2)

Instruction: Numbers indicate portions of each herb. Soak herbs in hot water for a few minutes. Honey or crystal sugar can be added for sweetness. 

The Chinese Tea Culture

Tea has become a significant cultural element not only in China but also in the world. The leaves and flowers from various plants allow people to be creative and artistic. Our newsletter also provides you with a couple of herb tea options corresponding to the 24 terms. As you may know that the ancient Chinese believe that we human beings are one together with the sky and the earth. Drinking different herb teas according to the change in nature is a perfect way to seek that harmony. 

Watch the following two videos and have a small taste of the rich tea culture. 

Asian tea culture, explained
Chinese Tea Ceremony by Tea Artist Si Chen

Events & Announcements

14 January 2023

CSCCI voted to proceed with an in-person Chinese New Year Festival on Saturday, January 14th, 2023. The Community Cultural Collective will be hosting a select number of cultural events at the City Auditorium prior to its planned renovation in early 2023…and our Festival made that select list. We will therefore be staging the Festival back at the City Auditorium just prior to the start of renovations.

July 23rd & 24th, 2022

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver

Saturday, July 23, 2022

OCA 5K Panda Run 2022: a race to benefit the youth in our Asian Pacific American communities in Colorado. Register here:

CSCCI Activities

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CSCCI witnessed Denver's apology to the Chinese communities 140 years ago

On 16 April 2022, CSCCI's Mali Hsu and Boni Jiang witnessed a formal apology from the Denver City to the Chinese community for a riot of more than 140 years.

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