Beginning of Summer(立夏)

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입하 ( 立夏 , Ipha )

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Korean Seasonal Customs > Summer > 4th Lunar month > Seasonal Terms

Writer ChoiInhak(崔仁鶴)

The seventh of the twenty-four solar terms, Ipha (Kor. 입하, Chin. 立夏, Beginning of Summer) is in the fourth lunar month and falls approximately on May sixth on the Gregorian calendar. On Ipha the sun is at 45 degrees on the ecliptic. Preceded by Gogu (Kor. 곡우, Chin. 穀雨, Grain Rain) and followed by Soman (Kor. 소만, Chin. 小滿, Beginning of Grain Ripening), it is considered the official gateway of summer. Ipha is also known as Maengnyang (Kor. 맥량, Chin. 麥凉) or Maekchu (Kor. 맥추, Chin. 麥秋), which means the “pleasant cool weather around the barley-ripening time.” Yet other names for this solar term are as follows: Maengha (Kor. 맹하, Chin. 孟夏), Choha (Kor. 초하, Chin. 初夏), Goeha (Kor. 괴하, Chin. 槐夏) or Yuha (Kor. 유하, Chin. 維夏), which stand for “early summer.”

By this time of the year, spring has turned into summer - melon fields become dotted with blossoms, barley fields sprout, and the rice nursery is green with young shoots. As the dry fields and rice paddies become crowded with insects, farmers engage in weeding. The main task for women at this time is feeding silkworms.

Beginning of Summer

Beginning of Summer
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Seasonal Customs > Summer > 4th Lunar month > Seasonal Terms

Writer ChoiInhak(崔仁鶴)

The seventh of the twenty-four solar terms, Ipha (Kor. 입하, Chin. 立夏, Beginning of Summer) is in the fourth lunar month and falls approximately on May sixth on the Gregorian calendar. On Ipha the sun is at 45 degrees on the ecliptic. Preceded by Gogu (Kor. 곡우, Chin. 穀雨, Grain Rain) and followed by Soman (Kor. 소만, Chin. 小滿, Beginning of Grain Ripening), it is considered the official gateway of summer. Ipha is also known as Maengnyang (Kor. 맥량, Chin. 麥凉) or Maekchu (Kor. 맥추, Chin. 麥秋), which means the “pleasant cool weather around the barley-ripening time.” Yet other names for this solar term are as follows: Maengha (Kor. 맹하, Chin. 孟夏), Choha (Kor. 초하, Chin. 初夏), Goeha (Kor. 괴하, Chin. 槐夏) or Yuha (Kor. 유하, Chin. 維夏), which stand for “early summer.”

By this time of the year, spring has turned into summer - melon fields become dotted with blossoms, barley fields sprout, and the rice nursery is green with young shoots. As the dry fields and rice paddies become crowded with insects, farmers engage in weeding. The main task for women at this time is feeding silkworms.