Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Dong Zhi – Fun Facts You Should Know
People celebrate the Chinese winter solstice festival, commonly known as Dong Zhi, around the globe, especially in Asian countries. It falls around 22 December every year (usually a few days before Christmas Day). People also regarded this date as an important event, similar to the Chinese New Year. Therefore, it is also known as “过小年”/a little new year’s day.
Besides that, it is also one of the 24 solar terms. Scientifically, it has the shortest day and longest night of the year.
The reason why the Chinese winter solstice is highly regarded as an important event because it is closely associated with “Yin” and “Yang”. The Chinese believed that the Yang (masculine) energy get more powerful day by day after the fading of Yin energy. When this happens, positivity regains and it is worth celebrating.
Here are some fun facts about this important festival:
What are the Chinese winter solstice festival Traditions?
Eating Tang Yuan – When coming to celebrating the winter solstice festival, there are many traditions people believe in and practice.
One of the most popular ones is to eat a dessert dish with rice balls called the Tang Yuan (汤圆). It usually comes with a variety of colors and filling of red bean, sesame paste, peanut paste, and many other flavors you can ever think of.
What does the color of the Tang Yuan symbolize?
White – To boost Relationship and friendship
Pink – Enhance romance luck and marital bliss
Red – This is the favorite auspicious color Chinese love that represents happiness and good luck
Yellow – Improving wealth luck and abundance
Green – For health and longevity
Blue – Representing success luck in career and business venture
Purple – Self-development, and wisdom
Black – Bad luck
What are the lucky numbers of Tang Yuan to eat?
It is best to eat in a multiple of 9.
9 – Symbolize good fortune and longevity
18 or 27 – Represent wealth and prosperity
28 (All pink/red) – For romance luck
Reunion with Family – Tang Yuan also symbolized “unity/reunion/harmony” and the Chinese believe that eating it will encourage unity among the family members.
Paying Respect – It is also a day to worship your ancestors for blessing and respect to the elderly
Wishing everyone a happy Chinese winter solstice and remember to spend time with your family.
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