This solar term, like is wording, states the start of winter. Farmers work has come to an end, as tools are put away in preparation for the winter. The start of winter is also called 「補冬」because in ancient time, people see the cold weather as something to require extra nutrition. Thus it is popular to eat 「羊肉爐」、「薑母鴨」. Families will also cook 麻油雞、四物雞 as a reward for the hard work this year.
The saying the October is has a small sun refers to the tenth month on the lunar calendar.
For friends who like to admire the birds, it is a good time to prepare you binoculars, this is the season when the birds flock north for the winter. Normally the birds spends half a year in taiwan before leaving.
Before filling your tummy, remember to fill your heart! Find a time to meditate today and feel the strong energy during the solar term.