Li Chun 立春
Li Chun 立春 is a term in the Chinese solar calendar. Li Chun is also known as Da Chun. It is the first term of the 24 solar terms. It marks the beginning of the season of spring and the commencement of the Chinese year and the Hsia calendar 夏历. The change of zodiac sign will also set out on this day.
In ancient China, Li Chun is the day where farmers begin their work on the field after a long rest.
Li Chun is not the day where Chinese celebrates our New Year. The Chinese celebrates our New Year based on the Lunar calendar. The 1st day the Lunar calendar is known as 大年初一 (Da Nian Chu Yi).
The solar term usually transit on the 3rd or 4th of February of the Gregorian calendar, the calendar commonly use today. In the Year of Tiger 2022, Li Chun will occurs after the Lunar New Year , on the Lunar 4th day of the the 1st moon, which is 4th February 2022, 04:51 Hour. Hence, the new year has an occurrence of the 1st solar term. This is an auspicious omen and denotes a good year ahead.
Consuming these 5 items (red dates, carrots, honey, onion and ginger) on the day of Li Chun is said to be able to enhance one's immune for the year.