winter solstice


The winter solstice is a very important solar term in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is also a traditional festival of the Chinese nation.

More than two thousand, five hundred years ago, during the spring and Autumn Period, China determined the Winter Solstice, the earliest of its kind in the solar term, between December 21 and 23 in the Gregorian calendar, it is the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Three solar terms

An earthworm knot. On the day of the winter solstice, “Earthworm knot”, earthworms feel Yin Qi curl, Yang Qi stretch, six yin cold pole, such as knots.

I'M GONNA take a look at the baby’s antlers on the second day. Five days after the winter solstice “Elk antlers solution”, deer are Yang, mountain beast, feeling Yin Qi and in the summer solstice solution angle. Elk Belong to Yin, Ze Beast, feel Yang Qi and solve horn in winter solstice.

Sanhou Spring Movement. Another five days, “Water springs move”, water is the day of the sun is born, and now a sun is born, so, water springs have been dark flow.

Solar Term Diet

Eating glutinous rice ballsin the south

The traditional custom of eating glutinous rice balls on the winter solstice is very popular in the south, and Tangyuan is an essential dish for the festival. Tangyuan is a round “Ball”made of glutinous rice flour and water. Black sesame seeds and other accessories are usually added to make it taste better. “Round”means a complete, reunion, a symbol of family reunion.

Eating dumplings in the north

There are many arguments about eating dumplings on the winter solstice, and there are two that are generally accepted.

One is to commemorate the “Saint of Medicine”Zhang Zhongjing, “Quhan Jiao ear soup”of the grace. Nanyang still has the “Winter solstice dumpling bowl, frozen ear no one care”ballad. Second, folk experts believe that the winter solstice is “Jiaozi time”, so this day to eat dumplings have “Obey the will of heaven”meaning.

In the past farming society, people who worked for a year took advantage of the winter solstice day to get together and rest, and to reward their family’s hard work for a year.