The First Rainfall of the Year(雨水)

The First Rainfall of the Year

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우수 ( 雨水 , Usu )

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Korean Seasonal Customs > January > 1st Lunarmonth > Seasonal Terms

Writer KimMyungja(金明子)

The second of the twenty-four solar terms, Usu (Kor. 우수, Chin. 雨水, lit. rain water) happens 15 days after Ipchun (Kor. 입춘, Chin. 立春, Beginning of Spring) and is followed by Gyeongchip (Kor. 경칩, Chin, 驚蟄, Day of Awakening from Hybernation). Usu occurs on February nineteenth or twentieth on the Gregorian calendar when the Ecliptic rises at a 33° angle.

Usu falls usually within the first month of the year on the lunar calendar, which is also the first month of spring. The literal meaning of the name of this solar term, “rain water”, refers to the seasonal transition when the warmer temperature of early spring melts snow into rain. Although the weather is still frigid, early signs of spring are already visible, as attested to by an old saying, “The Daedong River thaws on Usu and Gyeongchip.”

The ancient Chinese divided the fifteen days following Usu into three five-day periods, associating them with various seasonal activities or phenomena. The first five days were a period during which otters were supposed to begin hunting for fish. The next five-day period was characterized by the northward flight of wild geese. The last five days were associated with the flourishing of plants and flowers.

The First Rainfall of the Year

The First Rainfall of the Year
Headword

우수 ( 雨水 , Usu )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Seasonal Customs > January > 1st Lunarmonth > Seasonal Terms

Writer KimMyungja(金明子)

The second of the twenty-four solar terms, Usu (Kor. 우수, Chin. 雨水, lit. rain water) happens 15 days after Ipchun (Kor. 입춘, Chin. 立春, Beginning of Spring) and is followed by Gyeongchip (Kor. 경칩, Chin, 驚蟄, Day of Awakening from Hybernation). Usu occurs on February nineteenth or twentieth on the Gregorian calendar when the Ecliptic rises at a 33° angle.

Usu falls usually within the first month of the year on the lunar calendar, which is also the first month of spring. The literal meaning of the name of this solar term, “rain water”, refers to the seasonal transition when the warmer temperature of early spring melts snow into rain. Although the weather is still frigid, early signs of spring are already visible, as attested to by an old saying, “The Daedong River thaws on Usu and Gyeongchip.”

The ancient Chinese divided the fifteen days following Usu into three five-day periods, associating them with various seasonal activities or phenomena. The first five days were a period during which otters were supposed to begin hunting for fish. The next five-day period was characterized by the northward flight of wild geese. The last five days were associated with the flourishing of plants and flowers.