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Chinese traditional Chinese New Year is divided into 24 solar terms. Winter Solstice, 22 solar terms, December 21 this year, beginning in the January 4 end.

On the first day of the winter solstice, the northern hemisphere went through the shortest and longest night of the year, when the sun was shining directly on the Tropic of Capricorn. From that time on, the day became longer and the night became shorter. The arrival of the winter solstice also marks the coldest season of the year. In ancient China, “the winter solstice as important as the Spring Festival.

Eating dumplings

Eating dumplings

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.”

Eating tangyuan

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.

Eating mutton and vermicelli soup

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 neighbours.

Eating rice cakes

Eating rice cakes

During the winter solstice, Hangzhou residents eat traditional rice cakes. In the past, before the Winter Solstice method, every family would have cakes to worship their ancestors or as gifts to relatives and friends. Today, although less homemade cakes are eaten, people there still buy rice cakes for the winter solstice.

Taiwan residents offer nine-layer cakes to customize their ancestors. And his family members of the same surname or family gathered in their ancestral temples to worship their ancestors for their age. After the ceremony, there is always a grand banquet.

Eating red-bean and glutinous rice

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.

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