26.12.09

冬至 Dong Zhi ~ Winter has come :-)

Dong Zhi (冬至), which means winter season has come. Winter is the end of the four seasons, which indicates that a year has come to a close end. This Chinese festival normally falls on 22nd of December. This festival signifies the reunion of one's family. No matter how far you go, on this day, you will come home and reunite with your family members. Tang Yuan (汤圆), a dessert that will be eaten on this day. It is rounded in shape, which means reunion. It is made of glutinous rice flour. The pictures below will tell you what it is all about.

(Pictures taken from: soulforparadise.blogspot.com)

************************************************************************************* As I am a Cantonese, my family celebrated this festival (Dong Zhi) every year. My mum will also make a pot of Tang Yuan for all of us to eat. On top of this, she also cooks a table of delicious dishes during dinner. She always tell me since I was young that "冬大过年", which means to celebrate Dong Zhi is even more important than celebrating Chinese New Year itself. On this day, we will offer prayers to our ancestors. Below were some of the dishes my mum had cooked on Dong Zhi, 22nd Dec 2009.

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