冬至 Winter Solstice

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九九消寒圖

《九九消寒圖》是中國北方的民俗。由冬至日開始,每日記錄天氣,九九八十一天後,冬天就過去,春回大地。消寒圖有各種形式,記錄方法也有不同。按位置記錄的話,就是「上點陰,下點晴,左風右雨雪中心」。另外亦可以按顏色來記錄天氣,《康熙遺俗軼事飾物考》一書中記載:「晴塗紅色,陰藍色,雨塗綠色,風塗黃色,雪可以空白不塗,或填鉛粉。九九完成,已是冬去春來,每格筆畫顏色不同,五顏六色,美不勝收。」你,又喜歡甚麼方法呢?

消寒密碼:4, 3.5, 4, 7, 3.5, 4

“Chinese advent calendar” (Eighty-One days, winter will be gone)
In Northern China, there is a tradition of making a special drawing at home on the day of winter solstice. According to the weather, everyday people draw on their picture, or fill up space or colour on a particular printed drawing. After 81 days, the drawing is finished and winter is gone. My version here, you can print it out, either fill it up with colour, or record the weather by marking the position:
By position: Up-Cloudy, Down-Sunny, Left-Windy, Right-Rainy, Centre-Snowy
By colour: Red-Sunny, Blue-Cloudy, Green-Rainy, Yellow-Windy, Snowy-White
Let’s count down to Spring!