The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Minor Cold, the 23rd solar term, begins this year on Jan 5 and ends on Jan 19.
The Laba Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, will fall on Jan 5 this year. It's customary on this day to eat a special Laba congee, or eight treasure porridge, usually made with at least eight ingredients, representing people's prayers for harvest, happiness and peace.
A Nanyang-based diamond processing company had been honored by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as a manufacturing demonstration enterprise.