SEOUL & GIMHAE, BUSAN, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) —On August 23rd, we commemorate Cheoseo, a significant occasion symbolizing the conclusion of sweltering heat and the commencement of the more temperate days of autumn.
Translated as the “cessation of heat” or the “limit of heat,” Cheoseo stands as the 14th of the 24 seasons, accompanied by the phenomenon known as “Cheoseo Magic.” This magical notion suggests that with the advent of Cheoseo, the oppressive heat gradually gives way, almost as if by enchantment.
Yet, this year, it appears increasingly probable that we may not revel in the enchantment of “Cheoseo Magic.” The residual impact of sultry, moisture-laden air is projected to extend the warmth persistently beyond the conclusion of rainfall. Certain regions are poised to experience showers, intensifying humidity and accentuating the heat.
South Korea employs a 24-season division of the year, each two-week span carrying a distinct significance within this framework. However, the accuracy of weather predictions tied to these seasons has waned due to the effects of global warming. According to a set of data, temperatures during these seasons have ascended by as much as 3 degrees over the past nine decades.
Numerous sayings are linked with the summer solstice, and among them is the adage, “Even mosquitoes grow sulky after Cheoseo.” Preceding Cheoseo by a day, on Tuesday afternoon, downtown Seoul’s major shopping malls unveiled autumn attire in their display windows, effectively heralding the arrival of Cheoseo.
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