Chushu Season – End of the Heat


The very name of this season indicates that the hottest period of the year is about to be over. Although the weather is hot during the daytime, it can be quite cool at night and in the early morning. Everything points to the approach of a real autumn chill. In other words, the “End of Heat” is a transitional solar term from summer heat to autumn fresh. The process of nature's transition from maturity to withering begins. There comes a period of harvesting and fruit ripening. The grape harvesting is in full swing.

The Chushu Season 处暑 is the fourteenth of the 24 solar terms of the Chinese calendar. The second autumn season occurs annually on August 22-24 and coincides with the second half of the month of the Monkey, the first month of autumn. The Chushu season ends around September 7-8, giving way to the Bailu - White Dew season..


The name of the fourteenth minor season of the Chinese agricultural calendar, “End of Heat” or “Cesseing of Heat,” indicates that the hottest period of the year is ending. Although the sun still shines with all its might during the day, and sometimes it doesn’t even warm up, but gets hot, the weather is hot and the heat during the day is no different from the summer, in general, the heat still subsides and in the evening, when the sun’s disk falls into the arms of the endless horizon, the sound of autumn melody grows in the air. It can be quite chilly at night and early in the morning. Everything points to the approach of real autumn coolness.

However, the end of the heat does not mean the end of vigorous activity; for the hardworking Chinese peasants, this is the time for concentrated and intense work on harvesting: the harvest period begins, collecting ripened fruits.

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In the villages, during the Chushu season, work begins on the current for preparing and sorting grain. Rainy days often occur at this time, so farmers are usually very attentive to weather forecasts in order to be able to harvest the crop quickly and on time.


The harvest time is coming. The grape harvest is in full swing.

The fishing ban season is ending, which means it's time to feast on the river's bounty.


Chushu is a transitional season from the summer heat to the coolness of autumn. All nature is in the process of transition from maturity to decay. The way of life also requires appropriate regulation. Although this period requires vigorous activity, nevertheless, this activity must be somewhat adjusted in accordance with the recommendations of traditional Chinese medicine.

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According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, work should begin at sunrise and end at sunset. Everyone, regardless of age, is advised to slightly slow down the summer rush of life, and pay more attention to the quantity and quality of sleep in their daily routine.

The main emphasis during this time should be on healthy sleep regulation. Sleep should be complete and healthy.


Chushu - The end of the heat - the fourteenth season of the Chinese calendar.
As for the nutritional features during the Chushu season, Chinese doctors recommend including foods that reduce internal heat in the daily diet. These include the white woody mushrooms Fulin (Chinese: 茯苓), lilies, lotus seeds, scallops and jellyfish, which are exotic for Europe, as well as the more common seaweed, celery, spinach, sticky rice, beans and dairy products. Sour foods are especially valuable during this season. These are pomegranates, as well as citrus fruits: grapefruit, pomelo, lemon and late varieties of pear (with sourness). Among other products, it is better to give preference to pumpkin, wax gourd (Chinese: 冬瓜), duck, river fish and shrimp, sesame, and seaweed. By the way, with the beginning of this season in China it is customary to reduce the consumption of watermelons and melons. This is confirmed by the Chinese proverb “qiugua huaidu” (Chinese 秋瓜坏肚) - “autumn melons spoil the stomach.”