[Explanation] December 7th is the "heavy snow" in the twenty-four solar terms, and it is also the third solar term in winter.

After the "heavy snow" solar term, the temperature in many places dropped below zero, and the probability of snowfall across the country increased.

During the "heavy snow" period, not only will there be snow scenes, but rivers will also freeze due to the drop in temperature.

Therefore, folks have had the custom of snowball fights and skating since ancient times.

  [Concurrent] Tang Zhiqiang, Secretary-General of the 24 Solar Terms Protection and Inheritance Alliance

  Our Chinese nation has had an indissoluble bond with ice and snow since ancient times. Our ancestors not only learned to resist the severe cold of ice and snow, but also learned to use ice and snow, appreciate ice and snow and play with ice and snow.

In the court of the Song Dynasty, a snow field was circled as a snow field for the royal family to play in the snow, and then they would play and throw ice hockey in the snow field.

"Song History Li Zhi" records "watching flowers, making ice play".

Zhang Lei, one of the four scholars of Sumen, wrote in a poem, "Six out of the box, you can pretend to be the king of a hundred beasts, and you will be the king of beasts after the sun rises."

Isn't "six out" just snow, a pile of beast kings is a lion, and when the sun comes out, it will melt, and a pile of lions described is equivalent to a snowman.

Literati also have many ways to play, such as sweeping snow and cooking tea, composing poems and singing snow, and enjoying plum blossoms and snow.

  [Explanation] As the saying goes, "Small snow pickles, heavy snow pickles", and there are customs such as pickling meat and hiding ice during the "heavy snow" season.

  [Concurrent] Tang Zhiqiang, Secretary-General of the 24 Solar Terms Protection and Inheritance Alliance

  The first is to store ice. We didn’t have refrigerators in ancient times, so we wanted to collect ice from nature. Then this is the time to collect ice, and we will store a large amount of ice.

The second is cured meat. Many people hang cured meat, sausages, salted fish, etc. on the door and window sill of the house, forming a very beautiful scenery.

  [Explanation] The temperature drops significantly during the "heavy snow" season. Experts suggest that outdoor sports should not be too early, and it is advisable to take supplements to improve immune function and resist the cold.

  [Concurrent] Tang Zhiqiang, Secretary-General of the 24 Solar Terms Protection and Inheritance Alliance

  If "light snow" refers to the first snow, "heavy snow" refers to snow accumulation, because the weather is colder at this time, and another, snow generally does not melt, it continues to accumulate.

The probability of snowfall across the country is relatively high, and there will often be several snowfalls of different degrees and ranges.

  In terms of diet and daily life, it is appropriate to exercise, and outdoor activities should not be too early, because it is more prone to foggy weather in the early morning.

Generally speaking, during this solar term, such as 2:00 p.m.

Some people will swim in winter or take a cold bath to stimulate the circulatory system and improve immunity.

"Big snow" is a very good season for tonic. For example, if people with cold hands and feet in winter need warm tonic, they can eat some foods such as nourishing yin and blood, nourishing liver and kidney, etc., such as yam, red dates, mutton and many more.

  Dong Yufei and Wang Shibo report from Beijing

Editor in charge: [Fang Jialiang]