Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dong Zhi: Winter Solstice Festival

A cup of sugary pink balls was placed on my desk by  a student today. With it came the following message:

“Winter Solstice Festival or the Extreme of Winter (Dong Zhi, December 22), is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other Asians. During Dong Zhi, sunshine is the weakest and daylight is the shortest. The origins of this festival can be traced back the yin 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. Traditionally, the Dong Zhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One popular activity is the making and eating of Tang Yuan, or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion.”

The odd little balls were strangely tasty. This is a tradition I could get used to!

1 comment:

  1. Update. . .tomorrow I will be learning how to make these yummy pink balls. So excited!