Winter Solstice: Enjoy delicious food before winter hits

Meaning the “summit of the winter,” Dongzhi, or Winter Solstice is not necessarily the coldest period of winter, but it is definitely the most important of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Dongzhi is the 21nd solar term of a year, which when the daytime is shortest and night is longest. It was also the first settled solar term in the Chinese history. 

The Chinese have an old saying: “Dongzhi is as significant as the Spring Festival,” and this dates back to before the Qin Dynasty (1046 B.C. – 207 B.C.), when the ancient Chinese celebrated the day as the beginning of a new year. 

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