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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Solstice Festival, 冬至

One of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the dongzhi solar term on or around December 21 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest; i.e., on the first day of the dongzhi solar term. The origins of this festival can be traced back to theyin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram  (復, "Returning"). Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get togethers (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is the making and eating of Tangyuan (湯圓, as pronounced in Mandarin PinyinTāng Yuán) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion. (Wikipedia) 


The whole family woke up at 615am this morning to have 湯圓. 
Crazy of what? But it's a tradition in my family. 

You can imagine me swallowing 15 glutinous balls with my eyes half opened. =.= 
I'm not complaining, because I love 圓! 冬至 is like one of my most-looking forward event of the year! lol! I don't care if my stomach sticks together after which. My notion is always ' 吃了再说' :P 

Went back to sleep with a very satisfying stomach and just woke up. *time check 1030am* Gonna prepare for reunion lunch now! Bye! 

湯圓, I see you again next year! <3 

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