First 9 and second 9 hands hiding in sleeves, third 9 fourth 9 walking on the ice, fifth 9 sixth 9 willows sprouting along the river, seventh 9 ice melting in the river, eighth 9 swallows flying back, ninth 9 cattle working all around the field.

“yī jiǔ èr jiǔ bú chū shǒu,sān jiǔ sì jiǔ bīng shàng zǒu,wǔ jiǔ liù jiǔ yán hé kàn liǔ,qī jiǔ hé kāi,bā jiǔ yàn lái,jiǔ jiǔ jiā yī jiǔ,gēng niú biàn dì zǒu 。”

“一九二九不出手,三九四九冰上走,五九六九沿河看柳,七九河开,八九燕来,九九加一九,耕牛遍地走。”

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“counting 9” is a time recording method in ancient China. People in ancient China held the view that once the winter solstice arrived, they had to wait ‘nine times nine’ or 81 days until spring. The above “nine nine song” records vividly both the changes of the weather and all things on earth to express the regularity of farming activities.

“shǔ jiǔ ”,shì yī zhǒng zhōng guó chuán tǒng jì lù shí jiān de         fāng shì,cóng kāi shǐ měi guò jiǔ tiān jì wéi yī jiǔ,gòng jì jiǔ jiǔ bā shí yī tiān,mín jiān guǎng wéi liú chuán de “jiǔ jiǔ gē ”,shēng dòng xíng xiàng de jì lù le dōng zhì dào lái nián chūn fēn zhī jiān de qì hòu、wù hòu biàn huà qíng kuàng,tóng shí yě biǎo shù le nóng shì huó dòng de yī xiē guī lǜ 。

“数九”,是一种中国传统记录时间的方式,从冬至开始每过九天记为一九,共记九九八十一天,民间广为流传的 “九九歌”,生动形象地记录了冬至到来年春分之间的气候、物候变化情况,同时也表述了农事活动的一些规律。

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To help them pass the cold winter days, they thought up a game called “Nine Times Nine Pictures to Dispel the Cold.” This becomes a tradition for Chinese to record the winter days and to celebrate the arrival of the spring. “Dispel the Cold Picture.” is to write 9 traditional Chinese characters “ting qian chui liu zhen zhong dai chun feng”, which means Take good care of willows before the courtyard themselves for the coming spring breeze. Each character has 9 strokes. Every day, one stroke is drawn in colorful ink. When all the characters are written, the mild weather of spring will be close at hand.

“jiǔ jiǔ xiāo hán tú” shì zhōng guó běi fāng de lìng yī xiàng hàn zú chuán tǒng mín sú,yǔ shǔ jiǔ de mín sú mì qiē xiāng guān。jiǔ jiǔ       xiāo hán tú shì yī fú shuāng gōu miáo hóng shū fǎ “tíng qián chuí liǔ zhēn zhòng dài chūn fēng ”,jūn wéi fán tǐ zì,jiǔ zì měi zì jiǔ huá gòng jiǔ jiǔ bā shí yī huá,cóng dōng zhì kāi shǐ měi tiān àn zhào bǐ huà shùn xù tián chōng yī gè bǐ huà,měi guò yī jiǔ tián chōng hǎo yī gè zì,zhí dào jiǔ jiǔ zhī hòu chūn huí dà dì,yī fú jiǔ jiǔ xiāo hán tú cái suàn dà gōng gào chéng。

“九九消寒图”是中国北方的另一项汉族传统民俗,与数九的民俗密切相关。九九消寒图是一幅双钩描红书法“亭前垂柳珍重待春风”,均为繁体字,九字每字九划共九九八十一划,从冬至开始每天按照笔画顺序填充一个笔画,每过一九填充好一个字,直到九九之后春回大地,一幅九九消寒图才算大功告成。

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Let’s celebrate the arrival of our beautiful spring in 2016

wǒ men yī qǐ qìng zhù měi lì de 2016 zhī chūn de dào lái ba!

我们一起庆祝美丽的2016之春的到来吧!