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China makes landmark festival for Chinese Farmers' Harvest

Updated: 22 Jun 2018
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Day and night are equally long on the day of the Autumnal Equinox
 
According to a recent government announcement, starting in 2018, China will celebrate a new festival, the Chinese Farmers' Harvest Festival. The festival will fall on the Autumnal Equinox of the Chinese lunar calendar.

The new official festival reflects the high priority the government places on agricultural workers, and symbolizes the national respect for farmers.

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. The Autumnal Equinox — In Chinese, it's called qiufen (秋分) — is the 16th solar term of the year. The Equinox falls at autumn's midpoint, dividing the seasons into two equal parts. After that day, the source of sunlight moves southward as the earth moves around the sun, making the days shorter and the nights longer in the northern hemisphere.

The autumnal equinox generally falls on Sept. 22nd or 23rd. Occasionally it falls on Sept. 21st or 24th. This year, it falls on September 23rd.

Features of the Autumnal Equinox
The mid-point for the autumn season;
The temperature begins to fall;
Day and night are equally long on the day of the Autumnal Equinox
 
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