Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dong Zhi 冬至

"The Winter Festival, or Dong Zhi falls on the twelfth day of the eleventh lunar month. It coincides with the Winter Solstice when the sun is at its southernmost point, above the Tropic of Capricorn - two or three days before Christmas and ten days before the New Year in the Gregorian Calendar. This festival marks the turning point between winter and spring, daylight and darkness. Days begin to gain hours as the sun retraces its path northwards."

Dong Zhi is a time for family reunion. Tang Yuan, sweet soup of glutinuous rice flour balls, is indispensible during this festival. "Yuan" (literally meaning "round") signifies "yuan man" (complete) and Tang Yuan means "tuan yuan" (family reunion). Eating Tang Yuan is symbolic of family unity and family prosperity. For good luck, families prefer to have some pink tang yuan to mix with the white ones.
Daddy made some Tang Yuan today for all of us to eat. Little DinoEgg had a small piece and refuse to eat any of it after that. Guess the tastes n texture of the Tang Yuan seems funny to him thus he dun wanna any more of it.

Here's wishing all our friends

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