Traditional Activities of the Winter Solstice Customs of the Winter Solstice

For the traditional Chinese people, when it comes to the winter solstice, they will think of the winter solstice and the Chinese New Year. So since the winter solstice is so important, what are the different traditional activities throughout the country on this day?

冬至的传统活动 冬至的习俗

Taizhou people in Zhejiang have delicious food. The winter solstice is an important season in a year. To make some special dishes and food on this day, first of all, we should pay homage to our ancestors and pray for them to bless the whole family in the coming year. Then the whole family happily gathered together to drink and eat. Among them, eating “winter solstice circle” (rolling circle, also known as hard rolling circle, turning rough circle) is an old Taizhou tradition, rolling circle to take the meaning of round, mellow, reunion.
Rolling round is the most important part of the winter solstice, and “round” means “reunion” and “perfection”. Compared with the Tangyuan eaten on weekdays, the winter solstice round of seamen is not only rich in content, different in form, but also profound in meaning. Rolling round is made of glutinous rice flour. First, the glutinous rice flour and warm water are kneaded into dough, and then the vinegar dish-sized round balls are picked. After boiling, they are rolled in soybean flour. Because the dialect near the sea is called “rolling round”, so the winter solstice round is called “rolling round”, while the soybean flour is fried and ground into powder and then mixed with brown sugar. It tastes sweet and rich, and is accompanied by the delicate glutinous rice round. People’s appetite has increased dramatically. A rolling circle filled with soybean flour is clamped and bitten while it is hot. It smells fragrant, sweet, warm and soft, and the taste of happiness arises spontaneously. In addition to the classic sweet round, there are many families like the salty winter solstice round. Salty round is stuffed in glutinous rice dumplings, wrapped like pork, tofu dried, winter bamboo shoots, mushrooms, carrots, radishes and other fine cubes, can be steamed and boiled, fresh and juicy, and have a taste.
“Eat winter solstice noodles, a long line of a day.” In Hefei, Anhui, the custom of eating noodles during the winter solstice is related to solar terms, climate and farming. After the winter solstice, there are nine cold days, and every nine days there are nineteen. In the freezing winter, eating a bowl of hot egg noodles is the winter solstice.
In the winter solstice, ancestors are sacrificed as a rule. “Haiyu Custom Bamboo Branch Ci” Yun: “Almanac found that short to meet, chicken home full of ancestral hall offerings, sacrifices can be written by Mr. Yu, the poor library to rely on winter.” The ceremony of ancestor worship is usually held on the winter solstice night of the day before the winter solstice. This morning, people went to the vegetable farm to buy vegetables. Relatives and friends give food to each other. Baskets and stretchers filled the streets with excitement. Commonly known as the “winter solstice plate”. Gifts are mostly song, duck, fish, meat, dried fruit, seasonal new fruit, snacks, and winter supplements.
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Wonton is a food custom in both the north and the south, commonly known as “Winter Solstice Wonton and Summer Solstice Noodle”. So why is there such a unified food custom in the north and south of China? According to the records of the Han Dynasty, from the beginning of the winter solstice, the days will be as long as one day, while the nights will be as short as one day. The ancients said that the winter solstice was full of sunshine, so they should celebrate it. And the summer solstice is cloudy, so don’t congratulate. He also said, “Shiyan wonton is the Tuen clan of Hun clan in Sawai. Words are full of distinctions. The shape of the wonton is like an egg, rather like the chaos of heaven and earth, so it must be eaten on the day of the winter solstice. Originally, the ancients worshipped wonton as an idol of chaos between heaven and earth, and ate it, which resulted in the common eating custom between the north and the south of the Han nationality in China.

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