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Keep You Informed Of Chinese Culture In Colorado Springs

Newsletter 17 July 2022| Issue 2022-02 

The 24 Solar Terms of the Chinese Calendar

This is our second Solar Term of the Chinese calendar. A little background on this calendar system is below. Enjoy this summertime!

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).

The picture below: Cicadas symbolize hot summer in Chinese culture.

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Major Heat

(dà shǔ 大暑)

It is the time of year when the duration of the sunshine is the longest, the average temperature is the highest, the rainfall is the greatest, and the thunderstorms are the most frequent.

Herb teas for this term (July 23- Aug. 6):

  1. Shredded papaya tea (1)
  2. Honeysuckle flowers, hawthorn, mint, chrysanthemum (2:5:3)

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 and Traditional Music

Tea goes well with some traditional Chinese music in summer. Guqin (古琴) is one of the most ancient Chinese instruments. It is simple, yet profoundly connected with the hearts of Chinese musicians. To know more about Guqin, click here.

Listen to this Guqin music from the Youtube clip below while sipping your tea. I hope you will find joy and peace. 


Song: Trace of the mortal life

Musician: Kong Yu (空雨) 

Chinese Guqin "Trace of the mortal life": Kong Yu

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:

Local News & Activities

7 best Chinese restaurants in Colorado Springs

Gazette readers voted their favorite Chinese restaurants. Check it out and see if you have been there. Perhaps it is time to try one over the weekend. 

PO Box 2625

Colorado Springs, CO 80901


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