The Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival
Another interesting custom in China - The Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival
The Dōngzhì Festival or Winter Solstice Festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the Dongzhi solar term (winter solstice) on or around December 22 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest. Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get together (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is making and eating of tangyuan or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion. In northern China, people typically eat dumplings on Dongzhi. Another interesting custom in other parts of China is that many people take hotpot with beef or lamb during this particular winter festival.