Dongzhi (Winter Solstice)


Dongzhi, the last festival of the year, is a prelude to Spring. Winter Solstice falls between the 21st and 23rd of December, about six weeks ahead of the new year. Dongzhi marks the end of winter and, at one time, it heralded the new year. However, this was subsequently changed to the first day of the first lunar month. Traditionally, families get together to make and eat "tangyuan", which are little glutinous rice balls, a symbol of family unity and harmony.

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