The 24 solar terms are specific points in the Earth’s orbit around the sun that were used by the ancient Chinese and others, and serve as a guide to what to eat and when during the year, such as at winter solstice. Photo: Getty Images
The 24 solar terms are specific points in the Earth’s orbit around the sun that were used by the ancient Chinese and others, and serve as a guide to what to eat and when during the year, such as at winter solstice. Photo: Getty Images

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How to eat for good health at Lunar New Year – and all year round – according to the ancient Chinese calendar of 24 solar terms

  • The solar calendar divides the year into 24 periods based on the Earth’s movement around the sun, and dictates what’s best to eat and drink to nourish the body
  • For instance, Chinese believe you should be eating favourite rice cakes to see in the Lunar New Year, then spring rolls for the beginning of spring

The 24 solar terms are specific points in the Earth’s orbit around the sun that were used by the ancient Chinese and others, and serve as a guide to what to eat and when during the year, such as at winter solstice. Photo: Getty Images
The 24 solar terms are specific points in the Earth’s orbit around the sun that were used by the ancient Chinese and others, and serve as a guide to what to eat and when during the year, such as at winter solstice. Photo: Getty Images
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