Dec 21 2013
This year’s Dong Zhi falls on the 22nd December!
Note: If you type at Google, it says today and if you are observing the Chinese lunar calendar, it’s tomorrow.
So what is Dong Zhi? I only know I had to eat tang yuan-The DONG ZHI is based on the solar term of the solar calendar, which is in this case, the 22nd solar term known also as dong zhi. It coincides with December 22 of the Gregorian calendar and perhaps sometimes it falls on the 21st or 23rd December but it was very rare.
Dong Zhi is the thanksgiving of the Chinese calendar. “Dong Zhi” literally means “arrival of winter”. Coinciding with the winter solstice, it is an occasion for the family to get together to celebrate the good year they have had. Tang Yuan is cooked and eaten to symbolise unity and harmony within the family.
Dong Zhi occurs 6 weeks before Chinese New Year and would normally fall between 21st Dec to 23rd Dec.
Tang Yuan in Chinese sounds like “reunion”. Yuan, which means “round” or “a circle”, is also an auspicious word that suggests perfection. And it’s very sweet and delicious!
There is also another saying that goes “Chi tang yuan, da yi nian (Eat tang yuan and grow older by a year).” and It means every year when we reunite, we grow older every year and it’s fun to eat those tang yuan and remember the old days =)
So, make yourself at home, enjoy eating these delicious Tang Yuan! ^^ Wishing everyone happy Dong Zhi!~!