Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice, one of the traditional Chinese festivals, is also known as "Dongzhi Festival." It is an important solar term in the Chinese lunar calendar, marking the longest night and shortest day of the year as the sun reaches its lowest point in the northern hemisphere. With ancient origins, the Winter Solstice has a rich cultural heritage and historical significance in Chinese tradition.

On this day, families reunite to enjoy tangyuan, symbolizing unity and completeness. Apart from promoting togetherness, the Winter Solstice is also a time for ancestor worship and praying for blessings in the coming year. In various regions, people celebrate with temple fairs, folk performances, and a wide range of customs and traditions.

The Winter Solstice is regarded as a "small New Year" in China, with diverse regional customs such as decorating with paper-cut window decorations and steaming mantou (Chinese steamed buns) to create a festive atmosphere. Additionally, eating dumplings and other traditional foods is customary on this day, with each region having its own unique ways of celebrating.

In addition,  in many places, ceremonies are held to pray for favorable weather and a bountiful harvest in the coming year.

The Winter Solstice is an important traditional festival for the Chinese people and an integral part of the rich and diverse Chinese culture. We hope that more international friends can understand and experience the customs and culture of the Chinese Winter Solstice, and feel the warmth and beauty it embodies.