'Lichun': the beginning of spring
Even though many places in China are still shudder in chill this year, the country has waved goodbye to winter and ushered in spring on Sunday, according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
"Lichun" falls on Feb 4 this year. It is considered the beginning of spring and is the first of the 24 solar terms of the Chinese lunar calendar.
The beginning of spring
A bullet train is seen above the field of cole flowers in Zhaikou village of Rongjiang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, Feb 3, 2018. The day of "Lichun", literally meaning the beginning of the spring, falls on Feb 4 this year. Lichun is the first of the 24 solar terms of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. [Photo/Xinhua]
Women of Miao ethnic group dress up in Wangjia village of Xingren town in Danzhai county of Qiangdongnan Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture, Southwest China's Guizhou province, Feb 3, 2018. The people here celebrated the coming of spring. [Photo/Xinhua]
Custom of "bite the spring"
Chinese people observe the custom of "bite the spring" on the day of "Lichun", eating carrots or spring pancakes and rolls wrapped around fresh vegetables and meat to celebrate the arrival of Spring.
Spring pancakes. [Photo/Xinhua]