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The Winter Solstice Festival

  • Author:Climber Limited
  • Source:Innovation
  • Release on :2017-12-22

The Winter Solstice Festival

    Today is Dec 22th,2017(Beijing Time) ,also is The Winter Solstice Festival in China.There was a saying that went in ancient China, "The Winter Solstice is as significant as the Spring Festival."So people would get together to celebrate or play various activities today.
    Let's popularize the origin of the Winter Solstice Festival.
    The traditional lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms in China . Winter Solstice is the 22nd solar term of the year, begins on Dec 22 and ends on Jan 5this year .
    As early as Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-256BC), people worshipped the gods on the first day of the Winter Solstice, which was also the first day of the new year. The Winter Solstice became a winter festival during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220AD). The celebratory activities were officially organized. On this day, both officials and common people would have a rest.
   When midwinter comes, vital movement begins to decline and calm down. In this period, eating an appropriate amount of nuts, such as peanuts, walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts and almonds, is good for one’s body. Traditional Chinese medical science teaches that the quality of a nut is tepidity and most nuts have the function of nourishing the kidneys and strengthening the brain and heart.


    Different regions have different customs on the Winter Solstice Festival.Here are the difference as following .

一、Eating dumplings at the north of China
    During Winter Solstice in North China, eating dumplings is essential to the festival. There is a saying that goes "Have dumplings on the first day of Winter Solstice and noodles on the first day of Summer Solstice."



二、Eating wontons at the south of China
   People in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, are accustomed to eating wontons in midwinter. According to legend, during the midwinter feast 2,500 years ago, the King of Wu (one of the states during the Western Zhou Dynasty and the Spring and Autumn Period) was disgusted with all kinds of costly foods and wanted to eat something different. Then, the beauty Xishi came into the kitchen to make "wontons" to honor the king’s wish. He ate a lot and liked the food very much. To commemorate Xishi, the people of Suzhou made wontons the official food to celebrate the festival.



三、Eating tangyuan
    In places such as Shanghai, people eat tangyuan, a kind of stuffed small dumpling ball made of glutinous rice flour to celebrate Winter Solstice.



四、Eating mutton and vermicelli soup
    In Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, people call midwinter the "Ghost Festival". On that day, it is customary for people there to drink mutton and vermicelli soup and eat the dumplings in the soup. They give the midwinter soup a strange name: "brain" and share it with their neighbors.



五、Eating rice cakes
    During the Winter Solstice, Hangzhou residents traditionally eat rice cakes. In the past, before the approach of the winter solstice, every household would make the cakes to worship their ancestors or use as gifts for relatives and friends. Today, though fewer families eat home-made cakes, people there still buy rice cakes for the Winter Solstice Festival.



六、Offering nine-layer cakes to ancestors
   Taiwan residents keep the custom of offering nine-layer cakes to their ancestors. People with the same surname or family clan gather at their ancestral temples to worship their ancestors in order of their ages. After the sacrificial ceremony, there is always a grand banquet.



七、Eating red-bean and glutinous rice
   In some regions south of the Yangtze River on the first day of Winter Solstice, the whole family gets together to have a meal made of red-bean and glutinous rice to drive away ghosts and other evil things.



Dec 22th,2017
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