The winter solstice is a very important festival in the Chinese lunar calendar, and it is also a traditional festival. Festival meals on the winter solstice day are more varied. In addition to continuing the traditional custom of Chinese people to eat dumplings, wonton and other traditional customs. Why do we eat dumplings during the winter solstice? The winter solstice is also known as the winter festival and the sub-year-old. After thousands of years of development, it has formed a unique festival culture, with the custom of eating wonton and dumplings in the north and dumplings in the south. The winter solstice of 2018 is coming. So, do you know why we eat dumplings in the winter solstice? What’s the moral? Let’s take a look at it.
Why eat dumplings during the winter solstice?
Winter Solstice is approaching. When I was a child, I often heard the old man say that the winter solstice eats Tangyuan, and Tangyuan is one year old. At that time, we were particularly looking forward to the winter solstice. Not only can we grow up one year after the winter solstice, but also because after the winter solstice, the atmosphere of the New Year will become stronger and stronger. There will be lucky money, new clothes and firecrackers in the New Year’s celebration. The memories of childhood are always so beautiful. When we grow up, the feeling of winter solstice seems to fade. It is not known whether we are afraid of getting old again or whether people are expecting festivals less and less. But in any case, we are getting old day by day. So why eat dumplings in the South during the winter solstice? Next, I will introduce the origin of the custom of eating Tangyuan in the winter solstice.
Origin and Implication of Eating Tangyuan in Winter Solstice
It was customary to eat Tangyuan in Ming and Qing Dynasties. On the day of winter solstice, it is necessary to “make powder round” or “make powder glutinous rice as pills”. These are also formally recorded in historical materials, called “Winter Solstice, pink glutinous rice as pills, known as `Tangyuan'”. After making Tangyuan, we should sacrifice gods to ancestors, and then eat Tangyuan together, which is called “Timing the Age”. Therefore, the winter solstice eat dumplings, ancient and there.
Eating Tangyuan is a traditional custom in the winter solstice, especially in the south of the Yangtze River. “Tangyuan” is a necessary food for the winter solstice. It is a round dessert made of glutinous rice flour. The “round” means “reunion” and “perfection”, and eating Tangyuan in the winter solstice is also called “winter solstice reunion”. There is a saying among the people that Tangyuan is one year older than Tangyuan.
The winter solstice regiment can be used to offer sacrifices to ancestors or to give gifts to relatives and friends. In the old days, people in Shanghai were most particular about eating dumplings. Ancient poets have a poem: “Family pound rice to make dumplings, know is the winter solstice of the Ming Dynasty.” “Reunion” means “reunion” and “perfection”. Eating Tangyuan in winter solstice symbolizes family harmony and auspiciousness.
Customs and customs vary from place to place in China, but they are roughly the same. When making the winter solstice round, we often pinch some small animals, such as cats, dogs, rabbits, tigers and so on, at the request of children. The children are always happy at this time. Before eating the winter solstice circle, behind the doors, windows, tables, bedlamps, they should stick a winter solstice circle, called “consuming time”, and wait until the “cooking stove” before baking.
Why eat dumplings during the winter solstice?
Another explanation is that the winter solstice is the longest night of the year. On the day of the winter solstice, before dawn, women get up to make fire and cook dumplings. First, they pay homage to heaven and worship their ancestors, and then they sit around and eat dumplings. Therefore, eating dumplings at the winter solstice not only means the gradual return of the sun (sunshine), but also represents the meaning of the circle. Modern people prefer to regard it as a symbol of perfection.
On the day of the winter solstice, Tangyuan is eaten every year in my hometown. When the dumplings were served, they smelled a strong fragrance. Look closely at the ripe Tangyuan, crystal clear, with brown. The sesame and sugar wrapped in it are dimly visible. Share a bowl with your family, scoop up a dumpling with a small spoon. It is small and exquisite. It is white and tender, like the full moon of the fifteenth year. With a gentle bite, the fragrant and sweet stuffing will flow out. The fragrant fragrance overflows the mouth and nose. It tastes smooth and delicate. It has a special taste in the mouth.
I remember when I was a child, besides delicious dumplings, there were also family laughter and laughter on the table during the winter solstice, which eliminated the cold of the winter solstice. There was only one room of warmth. What do you eat on the winter solstice in your hometown?