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24 Solar Terms: Awakening of Insects

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Awakening of Insects, Jingzhe (惊蛰) in Chinese, is the third solar term and signals a rise in temperature and increased rainfall. It begins when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 345 degrees, happens on March 6 and ends on March 20 this year.

As the third solar term of the year, its name alludes to the fact that animals sleeping in winter are awakened by spring thunder and that the earth begins to come back to life. It is the key time for spring agricultural activities.

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