Dōngzhì Festival


Today is Dōngzhì Festival, recognizing the arrival of winter. It is celebrated by Chinese and other East Asians to acknowledge Winter Solstice. Today, the northern hemisphere has the shortest daytime length and the longest night time length. From today on, the days get longer. On this day, ancestors are celebrated while dumplings and tangyuan (a soup with sticky rice) are eaten. This celebration began around 200 B.C. and arose due to the belief in yin and yang. Winter Solstice was regarded as when yin was at it’s peak and yang would take over, bringing more positivity.

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